He’s Back… Again!
It seems like it was just yesterday when the songs Dani California, Tell Me Baby, and Snow (Hey Oh) were playing in every radio station. The Red Hot Chili Peppers were at the top of the world with their monstrous double album Stadium Arcadium, which awarded the band 2 Grammy Awards out of 4 nominations, and a number one debut on the Billboard 200 chart. Growing up, it was a beautiful experience to hear the genius of Kiedis‘ unique delivery, Flea‘s ridiculous energy, Chad‘s perfect grooves, and the virtuosity of the one and only John Frusciante all together.
Sadly for most fans, John decided to part ways with the band in 2009. It was the second time that he left the band after leaving in ’92 and returning in ’98 to make three legendary albums – Californication (1999), By the Way (2002), and Stadium Arcadium (2006). The fantastic guitarist Josh Klinghoffer took over and stayed with the band for the following ten years.
However, just four days ago, the Red Hot Chili Peppers dropped a sudden bomb of news on their Instagram page talking about Josh’s exit, and the following closing statement:
We also announce, with great excitement and full hearts, that John Frusciante is rejoining our group.”Red Hot Chili Peppers, Instagram
John’s riffs for RHCP are quite simply legendary. Some say they are challenging, and some say they are too easy, but what no one can deny is how iconic and unique they are. From fast riffs to slow ones, guitar players of all levels of expertise enjoy playing and finding variations. These are the songs with Frusciante’s top riffs for Ultimate Guitar website:
For decades now, Frusciante is commonly known to be genuinely in love with Fender’s Stratocaster model. Since his first return to RHCP in 1998, the story goes that Kiedis gave John a loan to buy a proper ’62 Strat to record and play with the band. But, even though it might be his favorite all-around guitar, John has had the privilege of owning a quite exclusive guitar and gear collection. Here are the highlights of his gear:
- Ibanez RG760
- 1968, ’58, ’62, ’55, ’61, Fender Stratocaster
- 1970s Gibson Les Paul Custom
- 1966 Fender Jaguar
- Fender Stratocaster Fretless
- 1960 Fender Telecaster Custom
- 1955 Gretsch White Falcon
- 1961 Gibson SG/Les Paul Custom
- 1960’s Bartell St. George XK12
- 1960s Rickenbacker 365 Deluxe
- Gibson ES-335
- 1940’s Martin 0-15
- Martin 12-String
- Carvin X-100B/X-60B
- Soldano SLO100
- Marshall JMC800
- Fender H.O.T. Combo Amp
- 1965 Marshall JTM-45
- Fender Blackface Showman
- Vox AC30
- Fender Silverface Dual Showman (Head)
- D’Addario EJ16 Acoustic Guitar Strings
- D’Addario EXL110 Electric Guitar Strings
- Dunlop Tortex 0.60mm Guitar Picks
- Ibanez WH10V2 Wah Wah
- Boss DS-2 Turbo Distortion
- Boss CE-1 Chorus Ensemble
- Dallas/Dunlop Fuzz Face
- MXR Phase 90
- DOD Stereo Chorus
- Boss FZ-3 Fuzz
- “Black Russian” Big Muff Pi V8
- DigiTech PDS 1002 Digital Delay
- Line 6 DL-4 Delay Modeler
- Line 6 FM4 Filter Modeler
- Moog MF-103 12-Stage Phaser
- Fender ’63 Reverb Tank
- EHX POG
- Moog CP-251 Control Processor
- Fender fOXX Fuzz Wah Volume
2009 – 2019
John Frusciante is a fascinating musician. Professionals from all parts of the music spectrum praise his talents, skills, and vast knowledge. In total, John has released twelve solo albums, four EPs, four singles, three works under “Trickfinger” alias, two albums with Ataxia, and one record with Josh Klinghoffer. And before parting ways in 2009, with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, he released Mother’s Milk, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Californication, By the Way, and Stadium Arcadium before parting ways.
For the past ten years, Frusciante decided to work on his solo project and other collaborations. He decided to get involved in electronic music, learning how to program various kinds of modular synthesizers, and different types of gear. John formed an electronic trio named Speed Dealer Moms. Later, under his “Trickfinger” alias, he released a two-song EP in 2012, a self-titled album in 2015, and a second one, called “Trickfinger II” in 2017, all experimenting Acid House.
It is not a secret that the best and most famous RHCP songs have had John Frusciante on the guitar. Without disqualifying and disrespecting Josh Klinghoffer, who is a great guitarist and musician, the band did not feel anything like when John was there.
Now, the internet and the music world are filled with joy and hope to know that the right musicians are back together again for what will definitely be a historic reunion. All fans are welcoming John back to the group and eager to listen to his evolution and the band’s new direction.