Red Hot Chili Peppers admit that John Frusciante's departure 'felt good'

Band say that they 'will die proud' of what they did with their former axeman though

Red Hot Chili Peppers admit that John Frusciante's departure 'felt good'

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Red Hot Chili Peppers have spoken about the exit of their former guitarist John Frusciante and have revealed that his departure ultimately "felt good".

The band, who released their tenth studio album 'I'm With You' earlier this year, replaced Frusciante with former Warpaint man Josh Klinghoffer in 2009 and their new axeman subsequently made his recording debut on 'I'm With You'.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, frontman Anthony Kiedis said of the guitarist's departure: "It felt good because I knew he would be happier doing something else. We had accomplished so much with John, something we will live and die being very proud of."

Kiedis also said that Klinghoffer's introduction has reinvigorated the band, adding: "Josh walked through the door with a sense of self. Within a couple of weeks he started showing us some of his ideas and we thought these are really beautiful and we can build on them and make it happen."

The singer also revealed that the band wrote a huge amount of material for 'I'm With You' as they were enjoying the process so much. He added: "We recorded about 50 songs in total. Not all were completely finished and along the way we had to choose or collective favourites to record and finish. The more we wrote the more we wanted to write and it snowballed. It was all such an exciting process."

Red Hot Chili Peppers will play a full UK and Ireland arena tour this month, which will take in nine shows, including two nights at London's O2 Arena. They will also return to the UK and Ireland next summer to play three huge outdoor shows. The band will play Knebworth Park near Stevenage on June 23, Sunderland's Stadium Of Light on June 24 and Dublin's Croke Park on June 26.

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