John Frusciante
American guitarist, singer, songwriter and record producer
John Frusciante
John Anthony Frusciante /fruːˈʃɑːntɛ/; born March 5, 1970 is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, record and film producer. He is best known as the guitarist of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, with whom he had been for a number of years and recorded five studio albums from 1988 until 1992 and again from 1998 until 2009.
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A Raw Conversation with Le Butcherette's Teri Gender Bender
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Image by Monica Lozano Teresa Suarez, who goes by the moniker Teri Gender Bender, has been performing as the frontwoman for Le Butcherettes for nearly a decade. The Mexican-American singer has used her position as a musician to communicate the importance of feminism and the attention we must give to unfortunate circumstances that women experience. She recently released her latest album, A Raw Youth, which features Iggy Pop and John Frusciante. Le Butcherette's increasing popularity allows Teri to bring to light these important topics to audiences that may not be as educated on feminist issues. I interviewed Teri to discuss her album, her collaboration with Iggy Pop, and the important story behind her track "Sold Less Than Gold." You recently played a few shows with Mike Patton of Faith No More, who you've mentioned before that you were a fan of while growing up. How did you end up touring together? Oh, that was crazy! We went on tour with them in Scandinavia, Norway, an ...
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Duran Duran’s New Album Produced By Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson & Mr Hudson, Will Feature Kiesza
Idolator - almost 2 years
Duran Duran's 'The Wedding Album' Turns 20 Nick Rhodes talks to us about the band's classic 1993 album. MORE >> Duran Duran have some pretty great stuff lined up for their upcoming 14th studio album, which is due out in September. Not only did the legendary New Romantic band work with producers Nile Rodgers (the knob-twiddler behind such past DD classics as “Wild Boys” and “Notorious”), Mark Ronson (who co-produced the band’s 2010 album All You Need Is Now) and Mr Hudson, songs on the LP will also feature Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante and “Hideaway” singer Kiesza. (Hmmmm…still no word on what this somewhat recent meeting of Duran Duran and Lindsay Lohan was all about.) Adding a bit ...
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Music review: Outside the Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 3 years
John Frusciante is making some strange sounds in his new EP titled Outsides, which has emerged a far cry from what he produced in his previous day job. Listen to it knowing that this music is coming from the man who quit the Red Hot Chili Peppers (RHCP), twice. This would perhaps explain why, with Outsides, Frusciante has heavily leaned on an electronica-infused vibe that he has been so keen on in his last few solo records. The EP, (a 10-minute guitar solo besides two other tracks) thus marks a departure from what we are used to hearing from him. It could take some work to digest this for people who are accustomed to his melodic finger picking and staccato riffs that made him so famous in the five RHCP albums. Take the 10-minute opener ‘Same’, for instance. In it, Frusciante has opted to create a digital track instead of one laid down by a drummer. He has sliced the drum track to lock in with his bluesy guitar which shifts keys cohesively though f ...
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Jon Chattman: A-Sides: 21 Ways To Save Rock & Roll?; Crystal Fighters Top "Delve Into Twelve" Again
Huffington Post - over 3 years
With apologies to Run DMC, Dave Grohl is the king of rock. And while that's great, fine, and cool, it'd be nice if real rock music beyond a Foo (or Muse) got into the mainstream and, more importantly, the respect it deserves. I'm not going to pull an Alice Cooper and dismiss Mumford & Sons as a rock band, but rock and roll in its purest form needs to return and kick our ass once again. In my alt-rock universe, there's tons of artists who inspire me with their style and songwriting from Thom Yorke to Justin Vernon and it needs to expand to the masses a bit. I'm not saying I expect your mother or your aunt to listen to Arcade Fire or Arctic Monkeys, but too often people ask me who the f@$k! I'm listening to and I've had it. Every station plays the same songs. It's Rihanna. It's Ke$ha. It's Avril Lavigne, who I seriously doubt ever sang Radiohead at the "top of her lungs." It's shameful that pop hasn't embraced more artists from the alt-rock and rock worlds. Rather than ...
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Archive Piece: Boards Of Canada
Clash - over 4 years
For those new to their tale, it's difficult to imagine just how strange, how mysterious and inscrutable Boards of Canada were. The vastly influential pairing seemed to emerge from the ether, with fans unsure of their real names, location or tastes. With the release of 'The Campfire Headphase' in 2005, though, the duo suddenly became willing to step outside of the shadows. Granting a handful of interviews, Boards of Canada opened up about their method, their background and - tantalisingly - their future. Never before seen online, here's a classic Clash interview with two seminal voices in electronic music. - - - Boards of Canada don’t give many interviews, the vast majority are by e-mail, and to the select few who do get to meet them, their studio, their homes and many key details of their lives and work are strictly out of bounds. In the gaps where the fiercely private band leave the silence, grow the myths that have made the enigma that is Boards of Canada. In mag ...
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John Frusciante Won't Attend Red Hot Chili Peppers' Hall Of Fame Induction
MTV News - almost 5 years
Sad news from the world of rock – <a class="fplink fp-144980" href="/John+Frusciante+1">John Frusciante</a>, the talented longtime lead guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, will not be present when the legendary rockers are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month. Frusciante left the band in 2009 and was replaced by Josh Klinghoffer: Talking to Billboard, drum Chad Smith broke the news, saying, "He didn't feel comfortable coming, which we totally respect. We asked him... He said, 'I'm just not really comfortable with that, but good luck and thanks for inviting me.' It was all good." Smith added, "He's the kind of guy, I think, that once he's finished with something he's just on to the next phase of his life. The Chili Peppers are not really on his radar right now." Frusciante has a long and complicated history with the band. At just 18 years old, he joined Anthony Kiedis, Flea and Smith on the Peppers' fourth album, Mother's Milk. Though the band was alrea ...
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Skrillex, Foster The People Remember 1991: When Rock <i>Rocked</i>
MTV News - over 5 years
With the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind around the corner, today's biggest acts recall 1991's other classic albums. By James Montgomery &lt;P&gt;In a few short weeks, &lt;a href="/music/artist/nirvana/artist.jhtml"&gt;Nirvana's&lt;/a&gt; epochal &lt;i&gt;Nevermind&lt;/i&gt; album turns 20, a milestone that will be marked with much coverage, celebration and consternation in the media &amp;#8212; and understandably so. After all, it was a game-changer in every sense of the term, the kind of album that brought about seismic shifts in music, fashion and culture in general, one that defined a generation and, as such, deserves to be mythologized. And, in the coming weeks, we suspect you'll see no shortage of stories that do just that.&lt;/P&gt;&lt;P&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;div class="player-placeholder right" title="Skrillex And Foster The People Talk About their Fa ...
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Red Hot Chili Peppers Say Josh Klinghoffer Was 'The Only Choice'
MTV News - over 5 years
After departure of <a class="fplink fp-144980" href="/john+frusciante">John Frusciante</a>, RHCP's new guitarist contributed in spades to brand-new, boundary-pushing I'm With You. By James Montgomery Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers Photo: MTV News Over the course of their 28 years, change has been a near constant for the Red Hot Chili Peppers ... particularly when it comes to the man charged with playing guitar. Beginning with Jack Sherman, the Peppers have run through a string of ax men, including Hillel Slovak (who tragically died of a heroin overdose in 1988), Arik Marshall, Dave Navarro and, of course, <a class="fplink fp-144980" href="/john+frusciante">John Frusciante</a>, who not only played with the band the longest, but was famously responsible — in some form or another — for their biggest hits and best albums. As you probably know by now, Frusciante continued the transitional trend when he left the Peppers during the hiatus that preceded their bra ...
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NEW MUSIC; New Music From Miguel Zenón and Red Hot Chili Peppers
NYTimes - over 5 years
MIGUEL ZENóN “Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook” (Marsalis Music) The alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón is identifiable by his tone, which is floaty and bright and ornate; sometimes he sounds as if he’s playing a ballad even when the tempo races. But he’s also become identifiable by the quality of ideas, his
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New CD releases: RHCP, Lil Wayne, Lenny Kravitz - AZ Central.com
Google News - over 5 years
After all, it marks their first release with guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, who stepped in after John Frusciante left the fold in 2009 - which may be what Anthony Kiedis meant when he told Rolling Stone, &quot;There is no question - this is a beginning
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Don't go near the water - Vancouver Sun
Google News - over 5 years
Meanwhile, California&#39;s notorious Red Hot Chili Peppers are back with their 10th studio album, and the first since guitarist John Frusciante left the band. Expect more of Flea&#39;s tight bass lines and Anthony Kiedis&#39;s rollicking, punctuated vocals
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'With You,' Chili Peppers reach back to better days - Boston Herald
Google News - over 5 years
John Frusciante, the guitar god and mad pop genius who twice rescued the band, is gone. Producer Rick Rubin, on autopilot since helming breakthrough “Blood Sugar Sex Magik,” remains. Instead of being lost without their past muses and ace guitarist,
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Snap Judgement: RHCP - I'm With You (First Listen Review) - Crave Online
Google News - over 5 years
I&#39;m With You will be the first Chili Peppers album to feature new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, who replaces the savant-like six-string wizardry of John Frusciante. John departed the band last year, leaving behind an incredible void of funk, ...&nbsp;-&nbsp;-
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The Red Hot Chili Peppers on Their First Album Without John Frusciante - RollingStone.com
Google News - over 5 years
By Rolling Stone In the new issue of Rolling Stone, on stands and available through Rolling Stone All Access on August 19th, the Red Hot Chili Peppers talk about the turmoil they went through after guitarist John Frusciante quit the band in 2009. ...&nbsp;-&nbsp;-
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John Frusciante Battling Alleged Stalker - Spinner
Google News - over 5 years
Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante fears that he is being &quot;stalked&quot; by an overly clingy female fan. The woman in question, August Elizabeth Thomas, allegedly approached Frusciante for the first time in 2010 with the proposition of ...&nbsp;-&nbsp;-
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Frusciante
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Acid Test Records announced on February 15, 2016 that Frusciante would release an EP of electronic music on April 16, 2016 entitled Foregrow.
    More Details Hide Details The EP will comprise four tracks and its release is set to coincide with the 2016 Record Store Day.
  • 2015
    On November 24, 2015, Frusciante announced that he was releasing free unreleased songs dating from 2008-2013 on his own official Bandcamp and SoundCloud pages.
    More Details Hide Details He also debunked the interview about him retiring from the music industry, saying that his words were taken out of context. The announcement was made via Frusciante's rarely updated website in an open letter titled "Hello audience," where Frusciante provides an in-depth response to the reporter who, according to him, misquoted him. He writes, "I also must clear something up. I normally don’t read my press, but I heard about this quote, recently taken out of context by some lame website and made into a headline, in which I said 'I have no audience'. This has been misinterpreted, and by no fault of the excellent journalist who interviewed me for the fine publication Electronic Beats. Obviously I have a public audience. I am aware of them, and they know who they are." He continues, "Reduced to a single sentence, it would have been accurate to say that, at this point, I have no particular audience in mind while I am making music."
    He also said he was done footing the bill for her musical career saying “I don’t know if you can call her recording efforts a hobby or a past-time … but it seems improper to characterize Nicole as a professional musician.” On October 19, 2015, a judge ruled in favor of Turley saying Frusciante had to pay his former wife $53,000 a month.
    More Details Hide Details Frusciante was also forced to pay $71,000 for Turley's legal expenses. Footnotes Bibliography
    In a May 2015 interview, Frusciante said that he was finished with making music for public consumption, that he currently has no audience and in the past few years recorded music with no intention of ever releasing it.
    More Details Hide Details Frusciante said "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. I felt that if I took the public into consideration at all, I wasn’t going to grow and I wasn’t going to learn. Being an electronic musician meant I had to woodshed for a while, so I have a good few years worth of material from that period that’s never been released… At this point, I have no audience. I make tracks and I don’t finish them or send them to anybody, and consequently I get to live with the music. The music becomes the atmosphere that I’m living in. I either make really beautiful music that comes from classical, or I make music where the tempo is moving the whole time, and there’s no melodic or rhythmic center.”
    In April 2015, Frusciante released his first album under the alias of Trickfinger.
    More Details Hide Details The album of the same name is Frusciante's first experimenting with the acid house genre. He previously released an EP, Sect In Sgt under this alias in 2012.
    In a 2015 interview, Cris Kirkwood said that following Frusciante's departure from the Chili Peppers in 1992 he auditioned for his band the Meat Puppets.
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    Frusciante has an active solo career, having released eleven solo albums and five EPs; his recordings include elements ranging from experimental rock and ambient music to new wave and electronica. In 2015, Frusciante released his debut acid house album under his alias, Trickfinger.
    More Details Hide Details He has also recorded with numerous other artists, including The Mars Volta, for whom he was a studio guitarist (and occasional live performer) from 2002 until 2008; Josh Klinghoffer and Joe Lally, with whom he released two albums as Ataxia; and various collaborations with both Klinghoffer and Omar Rodríguez-López. He has also produced and/or recorded with Duran Duran, Wu-Tang Clan, The Mars Volta and Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Swahili Blonde, Black Knights, The Bicycle Thief, Glenn Hughes, Ziggy Marley, Johnny Cash, George Clinton, and others. At the age of eighteen, he joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers, first appearing on the band's 1989 album, Mother's Milk. The group's follow-up album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991), was a breakthrough success.
  • 2014
    Having released "Scratch", a single recorded during the PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone sessions, Frusciante released his eleventh studio album, Enclosure, on April 8, 2014.
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    Their debut EP, Hiding in the Light was produced by Turley and was released on her record label Neurotic Yell in March 2014.
    More Details Hide Details A track "Todo Menos El Dolor" was released on SoundCloud on January 16.
  • 2013
    Outsides, his fifth EP, was released on August 14, 2013 in Japan, and on August 27, 2013 worldwide.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, he began collaborating with Wu-Tang affiliates Black Knights (Crisis The Sharpshoota, The Rugged Monk). Medieval Chamber, the second album by Black Knights, was released on January 14, 2014. All the music featured on the record was produced by Frusciante, with a few tracks featuring his vocals as well. Frusciante also became involved in Kimono Kult, a project including his wife Nicole Turley, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Teri Gender Bender (Le Butcherettes, Bosnian Rainbows), string musician Laena Geronimo (Raw Geronimo) and guitarist Dante White (Dante Vs. Zombies, Starlite Desperation).
    Frusciante released an instrumental song named "Wayne" on April 7, 2013 through his website which was written and dedicated to the memory of his late friend, former Red Hot Chili Peppers' tour chef Wayne Forman.
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  • 2012
    He followed the EP with his tenth full-length studio album PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone on September 25, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to that, on the 16th of August, he also released a free download of the non-album song "Walls and Doors". Frusciante's new musical approach met a mixed response from fans and critics. AllMusic's Fred Thomas in his review of PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone stated: "The ever-winding path of John Frusciante's solo career is a confusing one to say the least. The thing is, there's no doubt that Frusciante is sincere in his expression with this incredibly warped music. There's no easy explanation for these sounds, no context for a lot of the choices he makes with the rapid-fire style changes and jarring production choices that come one after another after another on almost every song here."
    Frusciante was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers on April 14, 2012 although he did not attend the ceremony.
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  • 2011
    In 2011, Frusciante married Nicole Turley, drummer and lead vocalist of the experimental band Swahili Blonde. On May 8, 2015 it was announced that Turley had filed for divorce. On October 3, 2015, Turley announced that she was seeking $75,000 a month as part of their divorce settlement.
    More Details Hide Details According to court documents, Turley, who was already being paid $20,000 a month, needs a higher payment to maintain her quality of living. She claims her finances are down to only $30,000. Turley said that Frusciante was worth $14 million and she was entitled to more money saying that together the couple employed a team of personal assistants, and owned three homes and a private music studio. A week later Frusciante responded to Turley's demands saying that he refuses to pay her any more money and that she is also seeking $2,600 a month for gifts and expenses for her adult brother.
  • 2010
    Recorded in 2010, Letur-Lefr marked a clear departure from guitar-driven sound of Frusciante's previous albums and combined elements of abstract electronica, pop and hip hop.
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    The film debuted at the Rotterdam Film Festival in February 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Along with work on the film, Frusciante and Rodríguez-López have released two collaborative records in May 2010. The first is the album Omar Rodriguez-Lopez & John Frusciante, an album with just the two of them, the other a quartet record, Sepulcros de Miel, consisting of Rodríguez-López, Frusciante, Juan Alderete and Marcel Rodríguez-López.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Frusciante quit the group on July 29, 2009, but did not publicly announce his departure until December 2009, two months after the band ended their hiatus in October 2009 and began work on their next album with Josh Klinghoffer as their new guitarist.
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    Frusciante also contributed music to the documentary film, Little Joe, based upon Joe Dallesandro. In 2009, Frusciante appeared in the documentary, "The Heart is a Drum Machine."
    More Details Hide Details His full-length, forty-five-minute interview is available in the special features of the DVD release. On December 7, 2011, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were named 2012 inductees for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. In an interview that same day, Anthony Kiedis talked about Frusciante and if he would attend the ceremony. Kiedis stated, "It would be a guess on my behalf on whether or not he’ll come. I can’t imagine that he would, but it’s a 'you never know' kind of thing. I haven’t talked to him in quite a while. I don’t know where he’s at these days. He’ll obviously be more than welcome, and embraced if he does. If he doesn’t, that’s cool too." Flea also spoke about Frusciante by saying "He left us so many great gifts. He’s a phenomenal musician and songwriter who gave so much to our band. All the feelings I have for him not being in the band any more... He really took us to a higher level." Frusciante eventually declined to be present for the Red Hot Chili Peppers' induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April.
    Frusciante's tenth solo album, The Empyrean, was released on January 20, 2009 through Record Collection.
    More Details Hide Details The record—a concept album—was in production between December 2006 and March 2008. The Empyrean features an array of musicians including Frusciante's ex-Chili Peppers bandmate Flea, friends Josh Klinghoffer and former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, as well as guest musicians including Sonus Quartet and New Dimension Singers. Frusciante stated: "I'm really happy with record and I've listened to it a lot for the psychedelic experience it provides," suggesting the album is "to be played as loud as possible and is suited to dark living rooms late at night." Frusciante continued to collaborate with his friend Omar Rodríguez-López. Along with providing guitar work to The Mars Volta's studio albums, The Bedlam In Goliath and Octahedron, and Rodríguez-López's solo albums Se Dice Bisonte, No Búfalo and Calibration (Is Pushing Luck and Key Too Far), he functioned as executive producer for Rodríguez-López's directorial film debut, The Sentimental Engine Slayer.
  • 2006
    In 2006, he helped The Mars Volta complete their third album Amputechture by playing guitar on seven of its eight tracks.
    More Details Hide Details In return, Rodriguez-Lopez has played on several of Frusciante's solo albums, as well as making a guest appearance on Stadium Arcadium. Ataxia released its second and final studio album, AW II in 2007. Following the Stadium Arcadium tour (early May 2006 to late August 2007), the Red Hot Chili Peppers agreed to a hiatus of indefinite length. In early 2008, Anthony Kiedis finally confirmed this, citing exhaustion from constant work since Californication as the main reason.
  • 2005
    Frusciante began a series of collaborations with friend Omar Rodríguez-López and his band The Mars Volta, by contributing guitar and electronic instrumentation to song "Cicatriz ESP" off their album De-Loused in the Comatorium. He also contributed guitar solos on their 2005 album Frances the Mute.
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    In early 2005, Frusciante entered the studio to work on his fifth and final studio album with the Chili Peppers, Stadium Arcadium.
    More Details Hide Details His guitar playing is dominant throughout the album, and he provides backing vocals on most of the tracks. Although usually following a "less is more" style of guitar playing, he began using a full twenty-four track mixer for maximum effect. In the arrangements, he incorporates a wide array of sounds and playing styles, similar to the funk-influenced Blood Sugar Sex Magik or the more melodic By the Way. He also changed his approach to his playing, opting to contribute solos and allow songs to be formed from jam sessions. In an interview from Guitar World, Frusciante explained how he approached his guitar solos for their album Stadium Arcadium completely differently from those for their previous albums. On Blood Sugar Sex Magik and Californication, Frusciante had a general idea how he wanted his guitar solos to sound. For Stadium Arcadium, almost every guitar solo was completely improvised by Frusciante on the spot. Several reviews have stressed that the influence of Hendrix is evident in his solos on the album, with Frusciante himself backing this up. He also expanded the use of guitar effects throughout the album, and used various other instruments such as the synthesizer and mellotron. He worked continuously with Rubin over-dubbing guitar progressions, changing harmonies and using all his technical resources.
  • 2004
    With the release of Curtains Frusciante debuted his only music video of 2004, for the track "The Past Recedes".
    More Details Hide Details He wanted to produce these records quickly and inexpensively on analog tape, avoiding modern studio and computer-assisted recording processes. Frusciante noted, "These six records were recorded in a period of six months after coming home from touring with the Chili Peppers for one-and-a-half years. I made a list of all the songs I had and they totaled about seventy. My objective was to record as many songs as I could during the break that I had. In the midst of doing that, I was writing some of my best songs, so some of these albums have as many new songs as old songs. It was definitely the most productive time of my life."
    In June 2004, he announced that he would be releasing six records over six months: The Will to Death, Ataxia's Automatic Writing, DC EP, Inside of Emptiness, A Sphere in the Heart of Silence and Curtains.
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    Frusciante released his fourth full-length solo album Shadows Collide with People on February 24, 2004.
    More Details Hide Details This featured guest appearances from some of his friends, including Klinghoffer, and Chili Peppers bandmates Smith and Flea.
    Frusciante wrote and recorded a plethora of songs during and after the By the Way tour. In February 2004, he started a side project with Joe Lally of Fugazi and Josh Klinghoffer, called Ataxia.
    More Details Hide Details The group was together for about two weeks, during which they recorded about ninety minutes of material. After two days in the recording studio, they played two shows at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, and spent two more days in the studio before disbanding. Later that year, five songs provided by Frusciante appeared on The Brown Bunny soundtrack.
  • 2001
    In 2001, Frusciante began recording his fourth album with Red Hot Chili Peppers, By the Way (2002); he considered the time to be among the happiest in his life.
    More Details Hide Details He relished the chance the album gave him to "keep writing better songs". While working on By the Way, he also composed most of what would become Shadows Collide with People, as well as the songs created for the movie The Brown Bunny. His goal to improve his guitar playing on the album was largely driven by a desire to emulate guitar players such as Andy Partridge, Johnny Marr and John McGeoch; or as he put it, "people who used good chords". The album marked Frusciante's shift to a more group-minded mentality within the Chili Peppers, viewing the band as a cohesive unit rather than as four separate entities.
    During the Californication world tour, Frusciante continued to compose his own songs, many of which would be released in 2001 on his third solo album To Record Only Water for Ten Days.
    More Details Hide Details The album was stylistically unlike his previous records, less markedly stream-of-consciousness or avant-garde. However, the lyrics were still very cryptic and its sound was notably stripped down. The songwriting and production of To Record Only Water for Ten Days were more efficient and straightforward than on his previous recordings. The album strayed from the alternative rock he had just written with the Chili Peppers on Californication, focusing more on electronic and new wave elements. In addition to his guitar work, Frusciante experimented with a variety of synthesizers, a distinctive feature of the record.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    With Frusciante back on guitar, the Chili Peppers began recording their next album, Californication, released in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details Frusciante's return restored a key component of the Chili Peppers' sound, as well as a healthy morale. He brought with him his deep devotion to music, which affected the band's recording style during the album. Frusciante has frequently stated that his work on Californication was his favorite.
  • 1998
    In January 1998, urged by longtime friend Bob Forrest, Frusciante checked into Las Encinas, a drug rehabilitation clinic in Pasadena, to begin a full recovery.
    More Details Hide Details Upon arrival, he was diagnosed with a potentially lethal oral infection, which could only be alleviated by removing all of his rotten teeth and replacing them with dental implants. He also received skin grafts to help repair the abscesses on his ravaged arms. About a month later, Frusciante checked out of Las Encinas and re-entered society. Fully recovered and once again healthy, Frusciante began living a more spiritual, ascetic lifestyle. He changed his diet, becoming more health-conscious and eating mostly unprocessed foods. Through regular practice of vipassana and yoga, he discovered the effect that self-discipline has on the body. To maintain his increased spiritual awareness and reduce distraction from his music, Frusciante decided to abstain from sexual activity stating: "I'm very well without it." All of these changes in his life have led him to a complete change in his attitude toward drugs:
  • 1996
    In late 1996, after more than five years of addiction to heroin, Frusciante quit it cold turkey.
    More Details Hide Details However, months later he was still unable to break addictions to crack cocaine and alcohol.
  • 1994
    Frusciante released his first solo album Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt, on March 8, 1994.
    More Details Hide Details Despite the common belief that most of the tracks were recorded while he was strung out on heroin in his home in the Hollywood Hills, Frusciante has said that "That album was not recorded when I was a heroin addict. It was released when I was a heroin addict." The first half of Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt was recorded shortly after the completion of Blood Sugar Sex Magik; the second half between late 1991 and early 1992, during the album's tour. "Running Away Into You" is the only track recorded after he left the Chili Peppers. The album is a heavily experimental avant-garde composition whose initial purpose was spiritual and emotional expression: "I wrote record because I was in a really big place in my head—it was a huge, spiritual place telling me what to do. As long as I'm obeying those forces, it's always going to be meaningful. I could be playing guitar and I could say 'Play something that sucks,' and if I'm in that place, it's gonna be great. And it has nothing to do with me, except in ways that can't be understood." Frusciante further asserted that the album was meant to be experienced as a cohesive unit rather than separate entities or songs. Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt was released on Rick Rubin's label American Recordings. Warner Bros., the Chili Peppers' label, owned rights to the album because of the leaving-artist clause in Frusciante's Chili Peppers contract.
  • 1993
    In October 1993, River Phoenix came to stay with Frusciante and the duo went on a long drug binge together, doing a lot of drugs and barely sleeping.
    More Details Hide Details According to Bob Forrest, the two arrived at The Viper Room together on October 31, 1993 and continued to do drugs. Shortly after their arrival, Phoenix went into seizures and was rushed by ambulance (accompanied by Flea) to the hospital where he died of a drug overdose.
  • 1992
    Upon returning to California in the summer of 1992, Frusciante entered a deep depression, feeling that his life was over and that he could no longer write music or play guitar.
    More Details Hide Details For a long time, he focused on painting, producing 4-track recordings he had made while working on Blood Sugar Sex Magik, and writing short stories and screenplays. To cope with his worsening depression, Frusciante increased his heroin use and spiraled into a life-threatening dependency. His use of heroin to medicate his depression was a clear decision: "I was very sad, and I was always happy when I was on drugs; therefore, I should be on drugs all the time. I was never guilty—I was always really proud to be an addict." Frusciante openly admitted to being a "junkie", believing that drugs were the only way of "making sure you stay in touch with beauty instead of letting the ugliness of the world corrupt your soul."
    He refused to take the stage during a performance at Tokyo's Club Quattro on May 7, 1992, telling his bandmates that he was leaving the band.
    More Details Hide Details He was persuaded to perform, but left for California the next morning; according to the guitarist, "it was just impossible for me to stay in the band any longer. It had come to the point where even though they wanted me in the band, it felt like I was forced out of the band. Not by any members in particular or management in particular, but just the direction it was going." He was replaced by former Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    Frusciante became friends with former Dead Kennedys drummer D. H. Peligro in early 1988.
    More Details Hide Details They often jammed together, and Peligro invited his friend Flea (bassist of Red Hot Chili Peppers) to join. Frusciante and Flea developed a musical chemistry immediately, with Flea later acknowledging that might have been the day he first played the bass riff to "Nobody Weird Like Me". Around the same time, Frusciante intended to audition for Frank Zappa's band, but changed his mind before the final try-out as Zappa strictly prohibited illegal drug use. Frusciante said, "I realized that I wanted to be a rock star, do drugs and get girls, and that I wouldn't be able to do that if I was in Zappa's band." Slovak died of a heroin overdose in 1988, and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Jack Irons, incapable of coping with Slovak's death, left the group. Remaining members Flea and vocalist Anthony Kiedis regrouped, determined to persevere. The pair added Peligro on drums and DeWayne "Blackbyrd" McKnight, formerly of P-Funk, on guitar. McKnight, however, failed to connect musically within the group. Flea proposed auditioning Frusciante, whose intimate knowledge of the Chili Peppers' repertoire impressed him. Flea and Kiedis auditioned him and agreed that he would be a suitable replacement for McKnight, who was promptly fired. When Flea called Frusciante with the news of his acceptance into the Chili Peppers, Frusciante was elated; he ran through his house screaming with joy, and jumped on a wall, leaving permanent boot marks.
  • 1984
    Frusciante began studying guitarists like Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, David Gilmour and Jimi Hendrix at eleven. He discovered Frank Zappa, whose work he would study for hours. Frusciante first heard of the Red Hot Chili Peppers around 1984 when his guitar instructor was auditioning as a guitarist for that band.
    More Details Hide Details He dropped out of high school at sixteen with the permission of his parents and completion of a proficiency test. With their support, he moved to Los Angeles in order to develop his musical proficiency. He began taking classes at the Guitar Institute of Technology, but turned to punching in without actually attending and left shortly thereafter. Frusciante first attended a Red Hot Chili Peppers performance at fifteen and he rapidly became a devoted fan. He idolized guitarist Hillel Slovak—familiarizing himself with virtually all the guitar and bass parts from the Chili Peppers' first three records. He became acquainted with Slovak; the two spoke months before Slovak's death and Frusciante's subsequent joining:
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1970
    Frusciante was born in Queens, New York on March 5, 1970.
    More Details Hide Details His father, John Sr., is a Juilliard-trained pianist, and his mother Gail was a promising vocalist who gave up her career to be a stay-at-home mother. Frusciante's family moved to Tucson, Arizona, and then Florida, where his father served as a Broward County judge until October 2010. His parents separated, and he and his mother moved to Santa Monica, California. Frusciante is of Italian descent; his paternal great-grandfather Generoso Frusciante emigrated from Benevento. A year later, Frusciante and his mother moved to Mar Vista, Los Angeles with his new stepfather who, he says, "really supported me and made me feel good about being an artist." Like many young people in the area, he became intimately involved in the L.A. punk rock scene. At nine he was infatuated with the Germs, wearing out several copies of their record (GI). By ten, he had taught himself how to play most of (GI)'s songs. He has stated that he did not really know what he was doing, and that he would play every chord with a single-finger barre.
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