Guitar virtuoso John Frusciante has left The Red Hot Chili Peppers (again) to seemingly focus on his own solo material (which can be, depending on who you ask, for better or worse). As for now, Frusciante’s spot in the band is being filled by fellow friend and collaborator Josh Klinghoffer (who has contributed to every Frusciante record since 2004’s Shadows Collide With People). According to John, he quit the band over a year ago; however, the story has just recently broken leading him to make the following statement via his myspace page.
“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.”
Although Frusciante is by no means abandoning music (if anything he’s focusing more on it and his own material), feel free to reminisce below with a video of him showing in slow motion how to play the RHCP favorite “Under the Bridge” and then discussing/illustrating his take on guitar play and style (there is a little bit of an overlap between the two videos, but both are very much worth watching!). Now let the anticipation for the next Frusciante solo record begin…