Tico Torres Faces More Surgery
Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres is facing more surgery, the band announced on their website Friday.
Two weeks after emergency appendectomy surgery, Torres, 59, is back in the hospital, this time for gall bladder surgery as the Rock In Rio festival in Rio De Janeiro was getting underway. Torres was forced to miss the engagement.
“Torres was rushed to the hospital for a second time with severe pain in his abdomen and will undergo gall bladder surgery,” read a note on the Bon Jovi website. “This follows an emergency appendectomy last week. He is expected to return to the stage and the Bon Jovi tour in the very near future.”
“Tico Torres has been the heart and soul of our band since we started 30 years ago,” said Jon Bon Jovi. “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.”
With Torres out and Richie Sambora still estranged from the band that leaves the band down two regular members.
Rich Scannella from New Jersey will fill-in for Torres as the band continues the “Because We Can” tour
Torres posted a message on the band’s website as well;
I would like to say a quick Thank You to all of you who have kept me in your thoughts thus far. 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.
I am very disappointed not to be able to perform but our friend Rich Scannella will stand in for me. You are in good hands.
I will be there in spirit and back on stage in soon
Enjoy the show. #RockinRio