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John Frusciante of Red Hot Chili Peppers playing Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne Australia
Photo by Ros O'Gorman

John Frusciante Explains His Departure from Red Hot Chili Peppers

By Paul Cashmere
Thu, 17 Dec 2009 10:32:06 +1100

The departure of John Frusciante from Red Hot Chili Peppers is nothing new. It happened a year ago.

In a statement at MySpace today, Frusciante explained the old news.

He said, “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”.

Red Hot Chili Peppers will make their first post hiatus return on January 29, 2010 for the MusiCares event honouring Neil Young.
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