Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist leaves band

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Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante has confirmed on his personal website that he has left the legendary band.

Stating in a blog entry, Frusciante 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.”

“To put it simply,” Frusciante said, “my musical interests have led me in a different direction”. The 39-year-old has had an on again, off again relationship with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He joined the band in 1989, quit in 1992 and rejoined the band in 1999 for Californication. Frusciante has also released ten solo albums and plans on “making a different kind of music, alone, and being my own engineer.”

He added that his ex-bandmates “are supportive of my doing whatever makes me happy and that goes both ways.”

The band has not named a replacement.

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