Well I’ll be. Chad Smith bald, John Frusciante messing up on the chorus but ultimately pulling off The Bee Gees!
Oh no John Frusciante really did quit the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
He says that the big rock band stuff doesn’t appeal to him anymore. You could already see in the Poland 2007 videos that he didn’t seem to be as smiley and happy to be rocking out until the solos. I am very sad to hear this as I still preferred the Red Hot Chili Peppers to John Frusciante’s solo music. It is said that he will be replaced by Josh Klinghoffer, who has been playing second guitar (also spotted in the Poland 2007 videos.)
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.
By the way, I’ve also fixed a bug where you might not have been able to comment. Just discovered it today – send me a text message or drop an email if you do encounter problems yo!