December 15, 2009

John Frusciante has left the Peppers - again

John Frusciante has quit the Red Hot Chili Peppers once again. From the Limewire Music Blog:

“Mentally, John checked out a long time ago,” claims a published source close to the band. “He’s interested in doing his own thing, his own albums – the whole big rock band machinery just doesn’t appeal to him anymore.” Meanwhile, reports claim that touring guitarist Josh Klinghoffer (boasting an impressive touring resume including Sparks, PJ Harvey, and Beck) has replaced Frusciante on a full-time basis. Klinghoffer appeared live with the Chili Peppers throughout their 2007 tour, supporting successful double-album Stadium Arcadium.

Despite Frusciante’s ambitious and cult-favorite solo career, his departure from the band seems even more shocking the second time around. At the age of 22, Frusciante abruptly quit the band at the height of their popularity, eventually revealing a severe drug addiction. After cleaning up and rehabilitating, he rejoined the band in 1997, and has remained with the band for three successful records. Frusciante also remained heavily dedicated to his solo material, releasing nine records worth of material over the course of ten years.

While Frusciante has abruptly left the band, the Chili Peppers are gearing up for their tenth studio record. A few months prior, drummer Chad Smith revealed plans to enter the studio in October, in hopes to have a record ready for release in late 2010. Though the band have not issued a statement about the record’s progress or Frusciante’s status, perhaps the guitarist had time to lay down some tracks for the record before his departure.

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