Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea recently appeared to apologize to hair metal era bands like Guns N’ Roses and Axl Rose in a new Classic Rock interview.
“We were definitely against the hair metal scene. We were like, ‘F**k them. We’re the underground, art rock, get weird east side guys, those guys are just rehashing Aerosmith and Kiss. In retrospect, it was all petty bullshit. All those bands were fucking great. Guns N’ Roses was a great band.”
John Frusciante had a couple of runs with Red Hot Chili Peppers. The first run went from 1988-1992, while the second run came to an end in 2007 which started in the early 00s. Following the Stadium Arcadium tour in early May 2006 to late August 2007, the Red Hot Chili Peppers decided to go on a hiatus of indefinite length. Frusciante recently joined in for an interview with Classic Rock Magazine when he disclosed the reason for his second departure from the band.
John Frusciante talks about parting ways with Red Hot Chili Peppers for the second time
While speaking with the interviewer, he gave an ‘honest yet diplomatic’ response when he was asked to reflect on his second hiatus. He went on to give a long and detailed, yet clear response through an email. The music magazine recently noted that Frusciante went on to share the detail of how he “became quite off-balance mentally those last years we toured.” It was explained that was the result of their efforts on ‘Stadium Arcadium.’
He stated: “When I was on tour, we had just finished mastering the day before and I could have used a breather.” In the email, he also wrote about his interest in the occult. He wrote: “As the tour went on, I got deep into the occult, which became a way of escaping the mindset of tour life. The occult tends to magnify whatever you are, and I was an imbalanced mess.”
Back in 2019, John Frusciante made his way back into the band when he replaced Josh Klinghoffer, who departed the band after an association of 10 long years with the group. The band is set to release its twelfth studio album ‘Unlimited Love’, on April 1 this year. This will mark the band’s first studio album with Frusciante in sixteen years.