September 23, 2013
Bon Jovi Drummer Hospitalized For Second Emergency Surgery

Jon Bon Jovi's drummer was hospitalized for an emergency surgery. Tico Torres, age 59, was rushed to the hospital with severe abdominal pain. It was his second emergency visit in two weeks.

Two weeks ago, Torres was rushed to the American British Cowdary Hospital with similar complaints. Upon arrival, it was determined that his appendix needed to be removed. The drummer underwent emergency surgery.

As reported by Rolling Stone, the surgery was a success. Although several shows were postponed in Chile and Argentina, Torres was expected to resume touring.

One week later, Torres was hospitalized again. He had another emergency surgery to remove his gall bladder.

As reported by Billboard, Torres is expected to fully recover from both surgeries and complete the tour. As he recovers, drummer Rich Scannella will fill in.

Jon Bon Jovi says Torres has been "the heart and soul" of the band for 30 years. He describes the drummer as a "tough SOB." Bon Jovi says he is looking forward to completing the current tour, and future tours, with Torres rocking the drums.

Torres issued a statement, thanking everyone for their support:

"I would like to say a quick Thank You to all of you who have kept me in your thoughts thus far... I have been taken especially good care of and would again like to thank all my doctors and health care professionals."
Bon Jovi will continue the "Because We Can" tour through the end of the year. Postponed shows are currently being rescheduled. Torres says he until he returns to the stage he will "be there in spirit."

In addition to playing with Bon Jovi, Torres has performed with Chuck Berry, Pat Benatar, Alice Cooper, Cher, and Stevie Nicks.

Pearl introduced the Tico Torres Signature Snare Drum in honor of Torres work.

Torres joined Jon Bon Jovi's band in 1983.

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