Red Hot Chili Peppers Reveal What John Frusciante Told Them When He Quit Band


Red Hot Chili Peppers members Anthony Kiedis discussed John Frusciante quitting the band in a new fan Q&A with the Woody Show. Alternative Nation transcribed his comments.

“I would just say by means of magic. We don’t think too much about it, we don’t get too overly analytical. I think we just let the spirit move, and pay attention along the way. Life is inspiring, pain is inspiring, the changes in the world are inspiring, nature is inspiring. We’ve also been lucky, and lots of kind fortuitous accidents have happened along the way.

We had the great John Frusciante playing music with us for years. One day, he up and quit. He’s like, ‘Oh yeah, I’m done doing this whole rock and roll thing.’ We’re like, ‘Okay, understandable.’ ‘Josh [Klinghoffer], do you mind playing guitar with us?’ Then we had this whole new reservoir of blood pouring into our existence, and that inspired two more records of music. That just kind of keeps happening along the way.”

He later said, “Vibrationally speaking, I think we’ve always represented the slightly left of middle of the road, or slightly north of the middle of the road, or just something other than the middle of the road. Perhaps the children of those people that were not middle of the road people themselves, feel similar to the way their parents did, so they kind of connect with the fact that we’re not just the normal soup of the day on the radio, we’re something slightly off.”