Anthony Kiedis discussed John Frusciante’s thoughts on Red Hot Chili Peppers releasing their new album The Getaway in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“I have not spoken to John lately. But I did hear something positive and lovely, which was that he was looking forward to hearing the record. That made me happy, to hear (a) that he cared and (b) that there was not a sour grape rolling around somewhere. When John quit it was a great loss, because he is a brilliant songwriting partner and just an enormous musical human. But it also opened up the chance for us to have someone fresh and new. And often new blood will create new chemistry and maybe give you that B-12 shot in the ass to keep you going for another five years or another 10 years.”
He also discussed the Chili Peppers’ longevity, “We never had any confusion that everything should be equal: the sharing of the work, the sharing of the money, the sharing of the joy, the sharing of the pain. That was a big step in the right direction for us having the potential for longevity, because so many bands break over “Hey, I wrote that!” We do love and respect each other; we do fight regularly. Our attitudes, our moods, and our egos clash — but we’ve been able to work it out. We’ve been able to roll with the punches. Flea and I are like brothers. I don’t think that relationship will ever end no matter what, because you can’t quit your brother. You just can’t.”