Pearl Jam Member Performs With John Frusciante

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Legendary former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese revealed performance audio with Red Hot Chili Peppers and John Frusciante from a soundcheck in what appears to be 1991. A Foo Fighters member leaked a massive Pearl Jam announcement a few days ago.

Abbruzzese wrote on social media, “What an amazing thing to find on the YouTubes. This was when Pearl Jam was opening for Smashing Pumpkins and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Chad Smith and Anthony hadn’t arrived yet, and I hopped on Chad’s kit so Dave Rat could dial up the sound.

After this little jam, I was on cloud 9. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any cooler, Dave Rat walks up to me and hands me a cassette and with a smile says, ‘I thought you might like to have this.” I looked at the cassette and in sharpie was written; Dave, Flea & John. It was a moment that I will always cherish… …good times!’ Robbie Allen on the vocal mic.”

Flea reacted to new John Frusciante material surfacing last week. Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently working on a new album, which is expected to be released in 2020, and as fans await the record, they discussed Anthony Kiedis’ lyrics on Reddit.

HenryBeal85 posted, “He’s capable of exceptional lyricism. Sometimes he falls pretty far short of that. But, at his worst (in terms of lyrics), he still acts as a third part of the rhythm section. Sometimes the meaning behind the lyrics alone isn’t there, but how he informs the rhythm or the melody of the song is a crucial part of its effect. I think nobody can deny that Kiedis is very good at crafting melodies that catch the ear without being obnoxiously commercial (i.e. vacuous and overly repetitive). He can be very good at writing lyrics from a textual point of view as well.

I think ultimately it depends on what you listen to music (specifically the Chili Peppers) for. If you listen because you’re constantly searching for deep truths, you might get frustrated with Anthony. But if you’re listening just to feel something, then he’s great, and you’ll find the odd nugget of profound insight along the way.

Also, I don’t really get the criticism about his limited subject choice. He knows California, drugs, sex and heartache. I’d rather he sung authentically about that (even if he sings about it a lot) than Chinese dictatorship or the plight of the Beluga whale on some vacuous celebrity-messiah mission. Not all songs about wider issues by rock stars are bad, but a lot of them are. Stick to what you know and do it well. I respect that.” Kurt Cobain’s widow made a disturbing Red Hot Chili Peppers claim a couple of days ago.