The rumors about John Frusciante’s departure from the Red Hot Chili Peppers have turned out to be true. The guitarist has issued a statement on his own website, JohnFrusciante.com, where he assures fans of the band that he is still on good terms with the other members.
"When I quit the band, over a year ago, we were on an indefinite hiatus," he writes. "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."
"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," he continues. "There was no choice involved in this decision. I simply have to be what I am, and have to do what I must do."
It’s surprising that no official word of this leaked considering how long ago Frusciante left the band—perhaps the guitarist has a future in PR? Meanwhile, with the Red Hot Chili Peppers apparently about to break their lengthy hiatus, rumors that Josh Klinghoffer will join the band as Frusciante’s replacement have continued to spread.