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Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora has checked into rehab, but it will not affect the band's upcoming North American and European tour.

"Our support for Richie is absolute. He is, and will remain, a member of Bon Jovi. Although he will be absent from upcoming shows for the time being, we very much look forward to his healthy return," the band said in a statement. "In the meantime, we will keep our commitment to our fans and continue our tour."

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The band did not say who would replace Sambora on the tour, which kicks off Saturday in New Orleans and runs through July 31 in Lisbon.Sambora is being treated at an undisclosed facility. He previously did a stint in rehab in 2007.