US Group Take Time Off

Fans of American group Red Hot Chili Peppers were fearful over the group's future last night as the band announced they were to take a year off from music.

Red Hot Chili Peppers are one of the biggest selling acts in American alternative music, moving from their frat-rock, sock-on-genitalia days to the more assured funk-rock of recent times. Singer Anthony Keidis announced the news, by stating that he simply wanted to spend more time with his family.

The globally successful band have been hard at work since original guitarist John Frusciante re-joined in 1998 - producing several multi platinum albums and touring the world in the process.

Red Hot Chili Peppers are reportedly taking a year off to recover from their punishing work schedule. This form of hiatus isn't unusual - rock stars from Bob Dylan onwards have taken regular breaks to recharge their creative faculties.

Fans of the group need not despair however as both bassist Flea and guitar player John Frusciante set to release material by their respective side projects.

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