Luego de mucha especulación y rumores en los últimos días, finalmente se confirma la partida de John Frusciante de la banda.

Esto es lo que dejó por escrito en su blog, para sus amigos y seguidores:

Red Hot Chili Peppers

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.

Por mi parte tengo sentimientos encontrados. Tuve la suerte de verlos en el 2004, pero por supuesto que moría de ganas de verlos nuevamente. Por otro lado, esto puede ser una manera de que la música solista de Frusciante tenga un poco más de atención y de ver una nueva formación de los Red Hot Chili Peppers, con un nuevo guitarrista.

Por ahí suena el nombre de Josh Klinghoffer como posible sustituto, quien ya trabajó con Frusciante (incluso hizo varios temas y un disco en conjunto) y con los RHCP, pero yo no estoy muy seguro de que sea así.