The rocker left the tour in April citing a "personal matter," and he was dogged by speculation his departure was due to a falling out with singer Jon Bon Jovi over money. Sambora remained tight-lipped about his reasons for quitting, but he has now revealed his decision to stay at home was due to a desire to spend more time with his daughter, Ava, who turned 16 last month.
He tells The Today Show Australia, "Honestly, I went out for the first leg of the tour, I had no idea this was going to happen. I just started spending time with my kid between [tour] legs, and my spirit wouldn't pull myself out the door. I just needed to be home."
Sambora has not ruled out rejoining the band and insists quitting the tour doesn't mean the end of the rock group. He says, "I think [I will rejoin the band], yeah, I'm pretty sure. I don't think it's going to be the end of the band or anything like that."