By: AnnMarie Scaramuzzino
Our thoughts are with Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres, who underwent an emergency appendectomy yesterday (September 11) in Mexico.
Frontman Jon Bon Jovi took to the band’s official website today to report that the surgery was thankfully a success and Torres is doing well. While the drummer recovers, JBJ states that the band will remain in Mexico City, where Bon Jovi had a show scheduled for Tuesday (September 10) at Foro Sol, which has since been postponed for a later date.
In true rock star form, Torres reportedly still tried to take the stage on Tuesday, attempting to convince to the doctors that he could perform and then go straight to the hospital afterwards.
“He wants everyone to know that it was his desire to perform,” Bon Jovi writes of Torres, and then proceeds to thank fans for their support and understanding.
Bon Jovi’s estranged guitarist, Richie Sambora, also took to Twitter yesterday to extend his well-wishes to the drummer, writing, “All my love, prayers and heart goes out to my brother Tico. He is an amazing man, a true warrior, great artist and underestimated musician.”
Sambora continues, “God bless you bro…no matter what I’m with you inside your heart. Forever man…”
The guitarist left Bon Jovi’s lineup in the spring of this year, citing a “personal matter” as the reason behind his departure. Since then, neither Sambora nor the rest of the band have given any specifics, though many speculate there has been tension between the guitarist and Jon Bon Jovi.
Following Torres’s recovery, Bon Jovi will continue on the South American leg of their “Because We Can” tour, with updates dates listed on their website.
For more on this story and for further concert info, head to the Bon Jovi official website, and be sure to leave your thoughts for Tico Torres in the comments section below!