It’s been seven years since John Frusciante left The Red Hot Chili Peppers for the second time, but lead singer Anthony Kiedis says he misses writing with him. Anthony said, “He’s a very special person to me, a special person to many people, but my experience with John was one of the most wonderful and easiest people to make music with. We could sit down on the floor, and I could take out a piece of paper, and I would say, ‘Okay, I wrote these words.’ He would say let me see those words, he would read them, and go okay. He would start to play something, I would start to sing it, and I would say, ‘Can you play something that feels like this?’ He would say, ‘Okay, let me try this.’ Then we would have a song. Never did I meet someone who was so easy to write songs with, and really good songs.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently playing in Ukraine and will travel to Moscow this weekend. They’ll be back in the U.S. for Lollapalooza in Chicago on July 30.
- John Frusciante was with the Red Hot Chili Peppers from 1988 until 1992, and again from 1998 until 2009.
- In 2003 Rolling Stone ranked him #18 on the list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
- Frusciante was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers on April 14, 2012. He did not attend the ceremony.