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Bon Jovi Drummer Tico Torres Has Emergency Surgery

Band postpones tour dates in Mexico, South America


Bon Jovi can move on without longtime guitarist Richie Sambora, but apparently they can’t do without their drummer. The band was forced to postpone their scheduled show in Mexico City while drummer Tico Torres underwent an emergency appendectomy on Tuesday.

Jon Bon Jovi posted an explanation to the band’s Facebook page yesterday:

“Last night Tico Torres underwent an emergency appendectomy. Thankfully, the operation was a success and Tico is now recovering in the care of his doctors at the American British Cowdray Hospital. We’d like to thank the doctors, nurses and all the hospital staff who helped our friend through this difficult time.

“We’ll remain here with Tico in Mexico City and will see him through his release…He wants everyone to know that it was his desire to perform. He even promised the doctors he would come back for the surgery right after the show but the doctors prevailed.”

The emergency procedure has caused the band to reschedule additional South American tour dates, specifically, in Rio de Janeiro, Santiago and Buenos Aires. Those shows, along with the cancelled show in Mexico City, have all been rescheduled for later in September, according to the band’s website.

Interestingly, Bon Jovi is the latest in a long list of musical acts who have had to cancel or postpone 2013 tour dates due to illness. Earlier in the summer, Elton John came off the road for an appendectomy, while Mumford & Sons cancelled major festival dates while bassist Ted Dwayne underwent emergency brain surgery. Other artists to cancel shows for illness this year include Aretha Franklin, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Randy Travis, and of course Morrissey.

We wish Tico the best for a speedy recovery.

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Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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