Sambora leaves rehab to European tour

Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora has left rehab after seeking treatment for 'exhaustion' and to 'regain his sobriety'. The 51-year-old star is now expected to rejoin the band when they start the European leg of their tour in Croatia's Maximir Stadium tonight. Sambora was photographed yesterday at New York's JFK Airport and told gossip website he was 'doing excellent' and had no plans to stay in New York because he was heading straight to Europe.
When Sambora announced he was going to rehab at the end of April, it was said the musician was determined to get his life back on track and thinks a stay in a rehabilitation facility is the way forward. A source told gossip website at the time: 'Richie recently has been drinking too much, and wants to get his life together.' The rest of the band were said to be very supportive of the musician's decision to seek help. This was not the first time Sambora has checked himself into rehab.
In 2007, following a traumatic year which saw him split from then-girlfriend Denise Richards in the same month that his father died of cancer, Sambora spent a month in Utah's Cirque Lodge facility. After leaving rehab, Sambora said at the time: 'I was just drinking too much and I needed to get my life together. 'I’m still in therapy and stuff like that, but it’s good. I’m great. I feel fine.' In 2008, Sambora was arrested for driving under the influence with his girlfriend and daughter Ava in the car. He pled no contest and was sentenced to three years probation and given a fine of $350.
And earlier this year Sambora is said to have decided the best step for him at that point in his life is to return to a facility for treatment. A close friend of the guitarist told 'Richie has had a busy year. I think this was a culmination of all the things that overloaded his life and finally he realized he needed to take care of himself.' Sambora will now join Bon Jovi on the rest of their tour dates, including their highly-anticipated performance at Munich's Olympic Stadium on Sunday night.
And the performance will see the first time Bon Jovi have made the decision to stream the first 30 minutes of the show live to millions of fans on the internet, thanks to Ustream. Go to on Sunday night at 7pm local time to join them at the show. The live stream is due to begin at 7.45pm.