Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced, “Due to illness RHCP will not be able to perform in Glasgow tonight July 1st. We are working on ways to reschedule this show. Please hold onto your tickets and wait for an update soon. RHCP love Scotland and are deeply disappointed not to be able to perform the show. Thank you for your patience and understanding.”
John Frusciante had parted ways with the Red Hot Chili Peppers for the first time after their 1992 Tokyo show. His departure from the band was abrupt and it was apparently that he felt less important and he’d end up battling depression, addiction, and poverty over the next seven years.
The guitarist left for the second time in 2009, however, the circumstances were much different. This time, Frusciante had a clear plan – explore new musical avenues, focus on personal and professional growth, and enjoy a calmer life away from the spotlight.
With each other passing by, the chances of Frusciante rejoining the Hot Chili Peppers seemed bleak as his solo career flourished in a calmer, more private way.
It was back in 2019 when Frusciante rejoined the band he had first made his name with, and this April 1, the reunion was officiated by “Unlimited Love”, the first Chili Peppers album to feature the iconic guitarist in sixteen years.
John Frusciante talks about rejoining Red Hot Chili Peppers
In a new interview with Total Guitar, Frusciante elaborated the drive that made him come back to the fold:
“I really wanted that challenge of trying to work in a democratic band with people that I respect and people that I have a chemistry with.”
“I felt that to move forward as a soul and as a human being, I had to accept that challenge. I felt that it would be good for me to try to work harmoniously with them, and not have my ego be the thing that was driving me forward, but to have love and respect for them. That was the thing: to try to be a part of a whole.”
Frusciante is seemingly pleased with the decision and during the same interview, he explained how it wasn’t until recently that he came to terms with his own contribution to “personal stresses” between him and his bandmates, whatever these stresses may have been at the time:
“I’ve done a lot of reflection on the causes of my quitting the band the last time that I don’t think I had the mental space to be aware of at the time. It was like, ‘I just really don’t want to do all this living in this world of fame and publicity; I just want to concentrate on making electronic music and making music just to make music, and not to make people happy, not to be successful.’ And that was just what I needed at the time.
“But I looked back and realized that with some of the personal stresses between me and other members of the band, I saw my own part of it more than I think I saw it back in 2009. And while I think no one person is at fault in a situation where somebody quits a band, I’d grown enough as a person to see my side in it, as opposed to just playing the victim.”