Reports suggest guitarist has left

Fans of Red Hot Chili Peppers have been left shocked after reports emerged suggesting that John Frusciante has left the band.

A guitar virtuoso, John Frusciante has been responsible for crafting some of Red Hot Chili Peppers greatest hits. Moving from funk to metal in the blink of an eye, the musician drove the group to greater heights.

Playing a pivotal role in their seminal album 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik' John Frusciante left soon afterwards to battle a heroin addiction. Later re-uniting with the band Red Hot Chili Peppers enjoyed a none too coincidental resurgence in popularity.

Now on an extended break, it seems that John Frusciante has no intentions of re-joining the group. According to extensive media reports the guitarist has left the band with his position being claimed by Josh Klinghoffer.

"Josh Klinghoffer has been playing with the group for a couple of months now," a source close to the band explained to MusicRadar.

"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."

Since going on hiatus in 2007 the members of Red Hot Chili Peppers have taken very different routes. Bass player Flea has hooked up with Thom Yorke to work on solo material, shortly after graduating from music college.

Josh Klinghoffer is an old friend of Red Hot Chili Peppers, having toured and recorded extensively with the band. In addition to this Klinghoffer has also worked with Perry Farrell, Tricky, PJ Harvey, Neon Neon and more.

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