Bon Jovi to headline Rock in Rio event
RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - The Rock in Rio festival will resume late on Friday with United States (US) rock band Bon Jovi to get star billing but without drummer Tico Torres, who awaited surgery.
The rock group is kicking off its Because We Can concert tour in Latin America to promote its chart-topping new album What About Now. But the 59-year-old Torres was due to have bladder surgery and will be replaced by Rich Scannella.
Last week, Torres underwent emergency appendectomy in Mexico City, forcing Bon Jovi to postpone scheduled concert dates in Mexico, Argentina and Chile.
"I am very disappointed not to be able to play, but our friend Rich Scannella will replace me. You are in good hands," the popular drummer said in a statement addressed to his fans.