Obviously missing from the Rock in Rio Festival concert in Rio de Janeiro on Sept. 20, Tico Torres had to forego his Bon Jovi drumming duties to be rushed to the hospital instead. The 59-year-old musician underwent emergency surgery on his gall bladder, following last week's emergency appendectomy.
In a message to fans on Bon Jovi's website, the band wrote about Torres' surgery and said he'd be rejoining them soon to continue the concert tour.
"Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres was rushed to the hospital for a second time with severe pain in his abdomen and will undergo gall bladder surgery," the message said. "He is expected to return to the stage and the Bon Jovi tour in the very near future."
Jon Bon Jovi also added his own comment on his drummer's situation, praising Torres and assuring fans that he'll be back as soon as he's able.
"Tico Torres has been the heart and soul of our band since we started 30 years ago," Bon Jovi said. "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."
Bummed that he can't join the band for a while, Torres released his own statement to fans, 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 so far," Torres wrote.
The humbled drummer continued, saying that nothing "can prepare one for a medical emergency," but he's been taken care of very well and wants to "thank all my doctors and health care professionals."
Taking Torres' place temporarily will be New Jersey drummer and friend of the band Rich Scannella.
"You are in good hands," Torres said about Scannella. "I will be there in spirit and back onstage soon."
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