Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante's heroin addiction became so bad in the early nineties, the "400 ghosts" in his head told him to quit the funky band.

Frusciante - who rejoined the group in 1998 for the recording of the CALIFORNICATION album - walked out half way through the group's Japanese tour in 1992, and subsequently retreated into secluded life filled with hard drugs and erratic behaviour.

The now-clean musician reflects, "I had a weird premonition that I should quit immediately after I finished my guitar parts on BLOODSUGARSEXMAGIK.

"I'd say to myself, 'I know you don't have any reason to, but you've gotta quit the band.' I had this feeling that the road was really gonna f*** with me.

"I didn't want to do it anymore. I felt like a guy with 400 ghosts telling him what to do all the time."

13/08/2003 17:20