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Well, that really didn't come as a surprise to me either. I really liked his solo stuff a lot. Don't get me wrong, I love Mother's Milk and Blood Sugar Sex Magik (IMHO his best stuff). I just think his playing has evolved past the 'Peppers style of music. Him leaving the band makes sense somehow.

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Bummer. I am disappointed that he is quiting. They have written so many great songs together. John, Chad, Flea, and Anthony are the ultimate Chili's line-up imo. Hard to imagine RHCP without John. John has repeatedly stated that Flea and him are musical soul mates. I guess he is moving on. I hope he has a change of heart and comes back. As much as I enjoy John's solo material, he belongs with Chili's. Josh Klinghoffer is going to replace him. We'll see how that works out.

 

 

 

 

 

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After he returned the first time, the band went in a more mellow, kinda depressing direction. I'd love to see them get back to being the weird, funky band that they were and I think it was Fruscianted who dragged them down in the first place. He's a great guitar player, but I've haven't bought any of their albums since Californication; I took one listen to it and that was end of it for me. Bring on some more "Freaky Stylie" and the like!

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It is official. From JohnFrusciante.com

 

December 16th, 2009

 

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.

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