Guitarist 'checked out a long time ago' according to a band source

Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ guitarist John Frusciante has left the band, according to a source.

Frusciante has reportedly already been temporarily replaced by session musician Josh Klinghoffer, who played with Red Hot Chili Peppers on their 2007 tour and has previously worked with Frusciante on solo material.

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

They added: “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.”

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