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John Frusciante confirms Red Hot Chili Peppers departure

on December 17, 2009, 9:02am

Confirming reports from earlier this week, John Frusciante has officially announced his departure from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. In a short statement posted on both his blog and MySpace, the 39-year-old guitarist revealed that he left the band over a year ago after his musical interests “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,” Frusciante wrote. “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.”

Frusciante joined the Chili Peppers in 1988 only to quit four years later after being overwhelmed by the band’s popularity. He would rejoin the outfit in 1998 and record three more albums, 1999’s Californication, 2002’s By the Way and 2006’s Stadium Arcadium.

Josh Klinghoffer, who has frequently toured and collaborated with the band in the past, is rumored to be Frusciante’s replacement. Klinghoffer and the rest of the band are reportedly recording their yet-to-be-titled 10th album.

Find Frusciante’s full statement below:

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.