John Frusciante & RHCP
***John Frusciante has now rejoined the Red Hot Chili Peppers for the third time as their guitarist (December, 2019).***
John Frusciante originally joined the band in 1988 and played on Mother’s Milk and Blood Sugar Sex Magik, before quitting in 1992 while on the tour to support the latter album. He cited reasons of being overwhelmed by the band’s success. The next few years saw Frusciante becoming a recluse and descending into a world of drug addiction, during which he released a couple of solo recordings (more were released after he rejoined the Chili Peppers).
After completing drug rehab, he rejoined RHCP in time to record 1999’s Californication album. He remained in the group for the By The Way and Stadium Arcadium (2006) albums and tours.
After months of speculation, Frusciante announced on his website at the end of 2009, that he had indeed left the band for a second time although it’s not know exactly when this had happened. Frusciante’s last actual performance with the band, this time around, was back in August 2007 at the Reading and Leeds Festival (England). He was replaced by Josh Klinghoffer who went on to spend the next ten years with the band, recording the albums I’m With You and The Getaway as well as touring extensively in support of both albums.
John’s career during the interim has been sporadic with albums and EPs e.g. The Empyrean (2009), various collaborations and songs released at times, yet at other times he was making comments saying he was against recording and releasing material for public consumption;
“For the last year and a half I made the decision to stop making music for anybody and with no intention of releasing it, which is what I was doing between 2008 and 2012,”
Source: NME; May, 2015
The time also saw him experiment with new sounds such as hip hop and electronic music, and under the guise of Trickfinger in 2015, he released acid-house style music.
John seemed content living the recluse life away from the spotlight and recording material, whether released or for his own pleasure. There were few public sightings of him and he didn’t usually generate headlines except for his relationship with Nicole Turley sometimes gathering media attention and social media posts- their divorce did lead to many column inches as the financial award to his ex-wife was severe and turned into $53,000 monthly support for Turley to live the life she was accustomed to with a final settlement of $1.6 million. John even failed to attend RHCP’s induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2012.
During the summer of 2019, John was seen attending a Lakers’ game with Flea. People were surprised and interested to see him, but it was seen by most as being a social thing especially as the band were still underway with the tour for The Getaway album and all seemed to be working well with Josh Klinghoffer. There was talk, gossip and occasional mention of the band working on a new album and people assumed that meant with Klinghoffer as there was absolutely no reason to assume otherwise at this point.
Then on 15th December, 2019 a sudden and totally unexpected announcement was posted on the band’s official Instagram account announcing that the band were “parting ways” with Josh Klinghoffer and that John Frusciante was joining the band again. No details or reasons have been announced. It was so sudden that many believed it to be a hoax at first. However, it was confirmed to be true.
John is set to take to the stage again this year (2020) with tour dates already booked for the band before the announcement of his return. The first scheduled concert is at the Boston Calling Festival in May, and then there are a handful of dates at European festivals.
Magazine Scan & Article Collection
We have hundreds of magazine scans online in the ‘Articles and Scans’ section and obviously John features in many of those but the ‘John Frusciante Article Page’ links to articles where he is prominent in the interview/it’s a key article or the interview is with him alone, etc.
John Frusciante: On the Cover of a Magazine A selection of covers from the TCS scan collection featuring John Frusciante.
John Frusciante Social Networking Sites:
John Frusciante does not have any known/verified public accounts on any social networking sites such as Facebook & Twitter; please treat any such sites that you find with caution as they are probably fake.
John Frusciante Biography and Information
John left RHCP shortly after this website began and as there is already an unofficial website dedicated to him, it seemed somewhat pointless writing/duplicating information here too. His sudden re-appearance means there’s been no time to do anything other than update the overall accounts for him and Josh, and I still don’t think there is any point trying to “re-invent the wheel” when that unofficial website goes into far more detail, and has more resources, than we do, so please check out Invisible Movement if you want to find out more.