Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis Reveals Why Playing With John Frusciante Was ‘Excruciating’

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The last time Red Hot Chili Peppers headlined Reading and Leeds festival it was a “low point,” according to the band’s frontman Anthony Kiedis.

“It was the penultimate show with Jon Frusciante (their former guitarist),” frontman Anthony Kiedis tells Newsbeat (via BBC).

“Just being in a band with someone who doesn’t want to be in a band any more was quite excruciating.”

“We are having fun for real,” the singer said. “But yeah, the last memory is not so good.”

He says the history of the festival, and bands that have played there, make this a special one for them.

“I don’t know if you saw Josh’s t-shirt last night,” he says of his bandmate who had an old Reading and Leeds line-up top on.”

“But the line-ups are just oozing with interesting and eclectic bands.”

He might say the line-up is interesting and eclectic but he’s aware of the gritty crowd.

“I wanted to send my eight-year-old son out to the sound board (at Reading festival),” he explains.

“Normally, it’s an easy journey to do but my head of security came up and said I made that journey today and it’s not possible.”

“It was chaos and no real clear path anywhere, it was too full on to cut through.”