Richie Sambora will continue to miss Bon Jovi concerts.  The band's long time guitarist will sit out of the band's upcoming European and South African tours.  But, the shows will continue as scheduled.

The band is citing a "personal matter" as the reason for Sambora's absence, but is not offering details.

Sambora bowed out of the Bon Jovi tour in early April.  Many have speculated as to exactly why the guitarist is not touring with the band, but a clear answer has not been given.  Even Jon Bon Jovi has been unclear about why Sambora isn't touring.  But, Bon Jovi says, "He's absolutely still a member of the band."

Richie Sambora joined Bon Jovi in 1983.  He's played guitar on every Bon Jovi album.