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Bon Jovi's Calgary Homeless Foundation Donation Praised By Fans

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Bon Jovi made quite a few extra fans after their Calgary show when they announced that to make up for their guitarist's absence, the band would donate $100,000 to the Calgary Homless Foundation. | Alamy

They've been heart-breakers for decades but on Wednesday, the boys from Bon Jovi set off to warm the hearts of the Calgary Homeless Foundation instead.

The rock group played the Saddledome on Tuesday night but did so without Jon Bon Jovi's right-hand man Richie Sambora, for which the famous singer apologized and said he would make up for the absence of his nearly-as-famous guitarist by donating $100,000 to the Calgary Homeless Foundation.

Fans took to comment boards, Facebook and Twitter to praise Bon Jovi for their apology and the donation, which many saw as a 'classy' move and an effective way to make amends.

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The foundation said on Wednesday that reps for the band had called and confirmed a cheque was coming on Thursday.

“They’re cutting the cheque today and it will be here tomorrow,” foundation spokeswoman Louise Gallagher told the Calgary Herald.

“It’s such a pleasant surprise and no one here was expecting it.”

Sambora missed both the Calgary and Edmonton shows for personal matters but the band provided no further details.

The news reportedly snuck up on the band, who heard about their mate's absence the afternoon of the Calgary show.

In a statement on the group's official site, the band stated, "Due to personal issues, Richie Sambora will not be performing on this upcoming leg. All shows will go on as scheduled."

No word yet whether the band will extend the same courtesy to the Edmonton homeless as they did to the Calgary Homeless Foundation but it seems as though the donation in Calgary might have been due to the fact the news was so sudden that most of the fans attending the show would likely not have known of the lineup change until show time.

Refunds are being offered for the rest of the shows in the tour and were also offered for the Edmonton performance.

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