This Day in Music 05.03.2016
John Anthony Frusciante was born in Queens, New York, U.S., on March 5, 1970. He became interested in rock music at an early age. After his parents divorced, John and his mother moved to California. At nine, his stepfather offered him his first acoustic guitar and John began studying guitarists like Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, David Gilmour and Jimi Hendrix. Frusciante first attended a Red Hot Chili Peppers performance at fifteen and he rapidly became a devoted fan.
At a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert, John met Hillel Slovak. Over the years John also met Anthony Kiedis and Flea and began to come in contact with them regularly. In 1988 Slovak died of a heroin overdose and Jack Irons, RHCP's drummer, left the group. Flea proposed auditioning Frusciante, whose intimate knowledge of the Chili Peppers' repertoire impressed him.
So, at the age of eighteen, John Frusciante joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers, first appearing on the band's 1989 album, Mother's Milk. The group's follow-up album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991), was a breakthrough success. Frusciante became overwhelmed by the band's new popularity and quit in 1992. John entered a long period of drug addiction, during which he released his first solo recordings: Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt in 1994 and Smile from the Street You Hold in 1997.
In 1998, Frusciante successfully completed drug rehab and rejoined the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Their next album, Californication (dated 1999) would eventually go on to sell over 16 million copies. A fourth album with the Chili Peppers, By the Way was out in 2002. On a creative spree, Frusciante released, in 2004, six solo albums. Each album explored different recording techniques and genres. 2006 saw the release of his fifth and final album with the RHCP, Stadium Arcadium. In 2009, Frusciante released The Empyrean, which features Flea and Josh Klinghoffer, and announced he had again parted ways with the Chili Peppers.
John Frusciante was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers on April 14, 2012.
Listen here to Johnny Cash ft. John Frusciante covering Heart Of Gold (2015)
“It's my dream to make music that can make people feel like they're flying” (John Frusciante)