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 2 years
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, a...
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Duran Duran’s New Album Produced By Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson & Mr Hudson, Will Feature Kiesza
Idolator - almost 3 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 4 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 ...
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Jon Chattman: A-Sides: 21 Ways To Save Rock & Roll?; Crystal Fighters Top "Delve Into Twelve" Again
Huffington Post - over 4 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 5 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 ma...
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John Frusciante Won't Attend Red Hot Chili Peppers' Hall Of Fame Induction
MTV News - almost 6 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 alre...
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Skrillex, Foster The People Remember 1991: When Rock <i>Rocked</i>
MTV News - over 6 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 F...
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Red Hot Chili Peppers Say Josh Klinghoffer Was 'The Only Choice'
MTV News - over 6 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 br...
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NEW MUSIC; New Music From Miguel Zenón and Red Hot Chili Peppers
NYTimes - over 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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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    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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    In April 2015, Frusciante released his first album under the alias of Trickfinger.
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    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.
    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.
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  • 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.
    Their debut EP, Hiding in the Light was produced by Turley and was released on her record label Neurotic Yell in March 2014.
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  • 2013
    Outsides, his fifth EP, was released on August 14, 2013 in Japan, and on August 27, 2013 worldwide.
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    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.
  • 2012
    He followed the EP with his tenth full-length studio album PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone on September 25, 2012.
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    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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
    The film debuted at the Rotterdam Film Festival in February 2010.
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  • 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.
    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."
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    Frusciante's tenth solo album, The Empyrean, was released on January 20, 2009 through Record Collection.
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  • 2006
    In 2006, he helped The Mars Volta complete their third album Amputechture by playing guitar on seven of its eight tracks.
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  • 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.
    In early 2005, Frusciante entered the studio to work on his fifth and final studio album with the Chili Peppers, Stadium Arcadium.
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  • 2004
    With the release of Curtains Frusciante debuted his only music video of 2004, for the track "The Past Recedes".
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    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.
    Frusciante released his fourth full-length solo album Shadows Collide with People on February 24, 2004.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    With Frusciante back on guitar, the Chili Peppers began recording their next album, Californication, released in 1999.
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  • 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.
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  • 1996
    In late 1996, after more than five years of addiction to heroin, Frusciante quit it cold turkey.
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  • 1994
    Frusciante released his first solo album Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt, on March 8, 1994.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    Frusciante became friends with former Dead Kennedys drummer D. H. Peligro in early 1988.
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  • 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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1970
    Frusciante was born in Queens, New York on March 5, 1970.
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