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Bon Jovi to Bieber: Don't be an @#$% to fans

Jon Bon Jovi performs in April.

Jon Bon Jovi's been in the music business since before Justin Bieber was born, and the older rocker has some advice for the younger one: Don't be an (expletive) to your fans.

Bieber, 19, was reportedly two hours late taking the stage for a London concert in March, though the singer blamed technical difficulties and says he was just 40 minutes late.

"Every generation has guys that do that, none of that is new," Bon Jovi, 51, told the London Evening Standard. "They run the risk of disrespecting their audience members who have worked hard to pay for their ticket, to give you the permission to take two or three hours of their lives — or in that kid’s case, 80 minutes of their lives.

“Do it once, you can be forgiven," the singer warned. "Do it enough times and shame on you. They won’t have you back. Then it just becomes a cliché. It’s really not cool — you’re an (expletive). Go to (expletive) work!”

Bon Jovi spoke to the paper about an upcoming July 5 concert in London's Hyde Park that will lack guitarist Richie Sambora. Sambora missed 13 concerts in 2011 because he was in rehab for alcohol abuse, and Canadian session musician Phil X took his place. Bon Jovi suggested similar reasons are behind Sambora's absence this year.

"It’s getting more and more difficult every day to not just sit here and say something," he told the paper. "Because all I can say is this — it’s for personal reasons. He’s been through it before, fortunately for us the same guy who filled in last time was available this time."