Red Hot Chili Peppers Icon Cries During Reunion


It is no secret that Rick Rubin has a rich history with a number of legendary musical acts and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are arguably top of that list. So it isn’t a surprise to find out he had front-row seat to the band’s reunion with guitarist John Frusciante in late 2019. It seems that the guitarist’s return still affected him deeply.

Rick Rubin opens up on the reunion

The legendary producer and songwriting coach was the guest on the 800th episode of Chris Jericho’s Talk Is Jericho podcast, and he had some things to spill on the band’s comeback album with Frusciante too. He said that the reunion made him cry.

“We’re finishing their new album right now actually,” Rubin revealed to Jericho. “Frusciante’s back in the band and it’s unbelievable.”I went to the first rehearsal, that I was invited to after John rejoined the band and it made me cry. It was so thrilling to see that group of people back together because they made such great music for so long together and it really hit me in an emotional way.”

Rubin also elaborated a little on his working dynamic with the band:

“With the Peppers we talk about songs. They have really good habits in that they write lots of songs which is something I think we developed from the beginning – this idea of overwriting. If there’s going to be 12 songs on an album, they might write 50, they might write 100 to find those 12. They’ll play them for me in rehearsal and we’ll talk about them; about song’s strengths, weaknesses, how to make them better. What we can do. Where they work, where they don’t, and you try different stuff.”

Dave Navarro also recently reunited with Red Hot Chilli Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis for the first time on stage since 1997 as part of the Above Ground benefit show in Los Angeles. Navarro was fired from the band in 1998. It was also noted that Red Hot Chili Peppers’ new song’s title was leaked.