Less than two weeks ago, Bon Jovi postponed several shows as longtime drummer Tico Torres underwent an emergency appendectomy in Mexico City. By the time he had recovered enough to perform, however, he complained of severe abdominal pain and was rushed to the hospital again, this time to have his gallbladder removed.
Where before Bon Jovi had rescheduled shows around Torres’ condition, this time the band concluded the show must go on; the band’s September 20 show in Rio de Janeiro went on as planned, with Rich Scanella filling in on the drums. Scanella will continue to sit in on tour until doctors give Torres permission to return to the stage.
Jon Bon Jovi made this statement on the band’s website: “Tico Torres has been the heart and soul of our band since we started 30 years ago. He’s also one tough SOB and we look forward to him again pounding away brilliantly at the drums on remainder of this and future tours.”
Torres also addressed the fans in a statement, saying, “I am very disappointed not to be able to perform but our friend Rich Scanella will stand in for me. You are in good hands. I will be there in spirit and back on stage soon.”
Bon Jovi are scheduled for three more shows in Latin America, including those previously rescheduled from Torres’ earlier surgery, through the end of September.