UPDATE: Tico Torres is back to bashing with Bon Jovi.
The drummer returned to the band last night for their show at the Save Mart Center in Fresno. After multiple surgeries, including gall bladder surgery and an emergency appendectomy, Torres seems to be back to normal and ready to perform.
Rich Scannella, a native of Ewing, had been filling in for Torres for the recent South American and West Coast dates of the band's Because We Can: The Tour.
This is an update. See our original September 21 report below.
UPDATE: The Asbury Park Press reports that Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres made a second emergency visit to the hospital in less than two weeks after complaining about severe pain in his abdomen. He is reportedly now preparing for gall bladder surgery.
This follows an emergency appendectomy the 59-year-old drummer underwent on September 10 while the band was on tour in Mexico. No further information was available about where he was when the most recent pain began, or to which hospital he was taken.
“I would like to say a quick ’thank you’ to all of you who have kept me in your thoughts thus far,” Torres wrote in a statement on the band’s web site. “There is nothing that can prepare one for a medical emergency, but I have been taken especially good care of and would again like to thank all my doctors and health care professionals.”
We have learned that Rich Scannella, drummer for Jon Bon Jovi’s solo band, will fill in with the band while Torres recuperates.
This is an update. See our original September 11 report below.
Bon Jovi was forced to postpone a concert in Mexico yesterday due to drummer Tico Torres' emergency appendix surgery. The band had to make a quick exit, only hours before showtime seeing as Torres needed immediate attention. Fans were alerted to the cancellation by a message posted in Spanish on the Bon Jovi Facebook page, and insisted a new date would be announced soon.
The group's former lead guitarist, Richie Sambora, reached out to his ailing pal via Twitter today 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. God bless you bro."
Bon Jovi are due back on stage on Friday, when they are scheduled to perform in Santiago, Chile. It is not yet known if the show will go ahead as planned.