John Frusciante and Josh Klinghoffer at the Leeds Festival in 2007 - photograph by Richard Riley
Red Hot Chili Peppers

MusicRadar’s source claims it’s true that John’s left RHCP again

In the article the website just published, MusicRadar’s Joe Bosso – the same person who did the podcast/interview with John early this year – says that they “exclusively interviewed” a “source close to the band” and that John has indeed been replaced with Josh Klinghoffer.

“Josh Klinghoffer has been playing with the group for a couple of months now,” says the source. “Optimistically, the Peppers are trying to lock down a replacement for John, who has apparently quit.

“Mentally, John checked out a long time ago. He’s interested in doing his own thing, his own albums – the whole big rock band machinery just doesn’t appeal to him anymore.”

Futhermore, they add that the podcast from early this year (remember, there’s a transcript of it here) was actually edited at its very end and that there were some additional things going on. I assume it’s down to their different morals that they revealed it, but this is something – sorry to bring in my own opinion, forgive me – I would never do.

The news that Frusciante has quit can hardly be viewed as surprising. During a podcast interview with MusicRadar earlier this year, the guitarist was lost for words during a routine question about the status of the group. He paused for nearly 30 seconds (later edited) before awkwardly stating that the Peppers had “no plans.”

Frusciante also refused to be introduced to be as ‘guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers,’ preferring instead to be called, simply, ‘guitarist.’

You can read the whole article here.

What do you think about John's departure from RHCP?

  • Great! He can work on his own ecletic music. (41%, 1,563 Votes)
  • Great! I'm not a fan of him and I like Josh. (1%, 46 Votes)
  • Undecided. I like his solo music but my only way to see him perform would be with a major band. (42%, 1,591 Votes)
  • This just plain sucks. (46%, 1,726 Votes)
  • Something else (do explain...) (12%, 443 Votes)

Total Voters: 6,076

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You might also want to check out:
The thread concerning this over on the message board
Yesterday’s new item – very similar
Chad Smith’s most recent interview to Classic Rock magazine
John has not given any interview [known to this website] after The Empyrean’s release and certain interviews were fake
Transcript of the infamous MusicRadar podcast, 05th January 2009
Interview for French Magazine Guitarist & Bass, likely done at the same time

Once again, I wholeheartedly apologise for publishing this as I know it’ll upset many people, but there’s a point when news are public and they cannot be ignored. I hope everyone (that means everyone, including you, you and yes, you) can understand it. Thank you.

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