John Frusciante No Longer In the Red Hot Chili Peppers
Thanks to Pitchfork, we've learned that super-shredder John Frusciante is no longer in Red Hot Chili Peppers. Turns out the guitar ace actually quit about a year ago. Here's the "Clarification" from Frusciante's MySpace page:
| John Frusciante|
When I quit the band, over a year ago, we were on an indefinite hiatus. There was no drama or anger involved, and the other guys were very understanding. They are supportive of my doing whatever makes me happy and that goes both ways.
To put it simply, my musical interests have led me in a different direction. Upon rejoining, and throughout my time in the band, I was very excited about exploring the musical possibilities inherent in a rock band, and doing so with those people in particular. A couple of years ago, I began to feel that same excitement again, but this time it was about making a different kind of music, alone, and being my own engineer.
I really love the band and what we did. I understand and value that my work with them means a lot to many people, but I have to follow my interests. For me, art has never been something done out of a sense of duty. It is something I do because it is really fun, exciting, and interesting. Over the last 12 years, I have changed, as a person and artist, to such a degree that to do further work along the lines I did with the band would be to go against my own nature. There was no choice involved in this decision. I simply have to be what I am, and have to do what I must do.
Sending love and gratitude to you all.
Frusciante has released several solo albums, the most recent was The Empyrean (January 20, 2009).
This departure is the second time Frusciante has quit the Chili Peppers. He joined the band in 1988 following the death of original guitarist Hillel Slovak and quit the first time in 1992. He rejoined the band in 1999. No replacement has been announced, but Pitchfork and MusicRadar are reporting that the Peppers have been working with Josh Klinghoffer.