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John Frusciante Left the Chili Peppers Last Time Because He Got Obsessed with the Occult

Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante says his obsession with the occult led him to quit the band in 2009. Quote, "The occult tends to magnify whatever you are, and I was an imbalanced mess." He rejoined in 2019.

Rock and Roll and the occult have gone hand-in-hand for at least 50 years. (A century if you believe Robert Johnson sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for his magnificent guitar chops.)

But some rockers just can't handle the dark arts.

Guitarist JOHN FRUSCIANTE rejoined the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS for the THIRD time in 2019, after a 10-year absence. And he says it was witchcraft that caused his departure in 2009.

He told "Classic Rock Magazine", quote, "I became quite off-balance mentally those last couple of years we toured. As the tour went on, I got deep into the occult, which became a way of escaping the mindset of tour life.

"The occult tends to magnify whatever you are, and I was an imbalanced mess."

The band could see what it was doing to him, so when he told them he had to leave, they didn't try to stop him. ANTHONY KIEDIS says, quote, "We were like, 'We understand, it's obvious it's not where you want to be.'"

(Check out more revelations from the interview here.)


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