Retrospective JF interview from Q’s 300th celebration edition. Other RHCP mentions in the magazine HERE
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ John Frusciante on his drugs decline Q157, October 1999
“When I was 27, I had a year of not feeling like myself, a year of feeling like I was an imposter who didn’t deserve to be called John Frusciante. It was the worst year of my life. I was smoking crack all day long, shooting heroin, shooting cocaine, drinking wine, taking valium. If I’d had a gun, I definitely would have killed myself. I would get these warnings from spirits saying, You don’t want to die now. I got back in touch with the spirit that is John Frusciante and I didn’t feel like an imposter any more.
“I’m really happy to be as much on my natural rhythms as I’m capable. I don’t smoke cigarettes, I don’t drink alcohol, I don’t do drugs. I’m in a healthy state of mind today. If tomorrow I’m off in a hotel and smoking crack, I can’t do anything about that. It’s what I’m driven to do if it’s what I’m driven to do and I can’t help that.”