John Frusciante

John Frusciante



John Anthony Frusciante (Listeni/frˈʃɑːnt/; born March 5, 1970) is an American guitarist, singer, producer and composer. He is best known as the former guitarist of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, from 1988 until 1992, and again from 1998 until 2009. He recorded five studio albums with them.

Frusciante has an active solo career, having released eleven solo albums and five EPs; his recordings include elements ranging from experimental rock and ambient music to new wave and electronica. In 2015, Frusciante released his debut acid house album under his alias, Trickfinger. He has also recorded with numerous other artists, including The Mars Volta, for whom he was a studio guitarist (and occasional live performer) from 2002 until 2008; Josh Klinghoffer and Joe Lally, with whom he released two albums as Ataxia; and various collaborations with both Klinghoffer and Omar Rodríguez-López.

At the age of eighteen, he 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. He became a recluse and entered a long period of drug addiction, during which he released his first solo recordings: Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt (1994) and Smile from the Streets You Hold (1997). In 1998, he successfully completed drug rehabilitation and rejoined the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Their next album, Californication (1999) would eventually go on to sell 16 million copies.[1] His album To Record Only Water for Ten Days was made in 2001. A fourth album with the Chili Peppers, By the Way was released in 2002. On a creative spree, Frusciante released six solo albums in 2004; each album explored different recording techniques and genres. 2006 saw the release of his fifth and final album with the Chili Peppers, 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.

He has produced and/or recorded with Duran Duran, Wu-Tang Clan, The Mars Volta and Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Swahili Blonde, Black Knights, The Bicycle Thief, Glenn Hughes, Ziggy Marley, Johnny Cash, George Clinton, and others.

Frusciante has received critical recognition for his guitar playing, ranking at number 18 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" in 2003;[2] and again in a second list published in 2011, where he ranked at number 72.[3] He was ranked as number 42 in Gibson's list of the "50 Best Guitarists of All Time". He was voted "The Best Guitarist of the Last 30 Years" in a 2010 BBC poll called "The Axe Factor".[4] Frusciante was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers on April 14, 2012 although he did not attend the ceremony.



Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Mars Volta
Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt
Niandra LaDes and Usually Just a T-Shirt is the debut solo album by John Frusciante, released on November 22, 1994, on American Recordings.
The Empyrean
The Empyrean is the tenth solo album by John Frusciante, released worldwide on January 20, 2009 through Record Collection.

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Omar Rodríguez-López – “Running Away” Video (Feat. Buzz Osbourne, John Frusciante, & Teri Gender Bender)
Stereogum  –  August 3, 2016
There’s been plenty of news from the Mars Volta/At The Drive-In co-leader Omar Rodríguez-López this year. Just a few weeks ago he announced he’ll be releasing a crazily ambitious 12 solo albums biweekly before the year’s end. The first the of dozen ...
Watch as At The Drive-In's Omar gets punched by John Frusciante, Buzz Osborne and more
NME  –  August 1, 2016
Former At The Drive-In and Mars Volta member Omar Rodriguez Lopez has shared the video for his latest single 'Running Away'. Taken from his new album 'Corazones' the video is directed by Violeta Felix sees Rodriguez-López giving out flowers, only to be ...
Watch Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Get Punched in the Face By Buzz Osborne, Teri Gender Bender and John Frusciante
mxdwn  –  July 31, 2016
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez is a well renown multi-instrumentalist who has created countless albums as a solo artist and as well as with At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta and Antemasque. This year he has released Sworn Virgin and Solar Gambling, the first two of ...
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis: John Frusciante Was One of the ‘Easiest People to Make Music With’
Loud Wire  –  July 6, 2016
Red Hot Chili Peppers have a rich Rock and Roll Hall of Fame history that includes a number of members both past and present. But while reflecting on that history, it’s clear to see that some of their biggest successes came while guitarist John ...
Rudolph A. Thomas Jr.
Virgin Islands Daily News  –  August 5, 2016
He was a jack of all trades: musician, comedian, carpenter ... His brothers-in-law are Louis Jackson and John Anthony, and sisters-in-law are Ina Smith, Eleanor Thomas, Lillian Plaskett, Ruth Vanterpool, Hilda Anthony. Lincoln Adams is his son-in-law ...
Wet Willie
Apple  –  August 3, 2016
In the 1990s, Wet Willie re-formed around a core of keyboardist John Anthony, guitarist Ricky Hirsch, and Jimmy Hall, with other musicians -- including Smith, Duke, and Lively -- filling out their ranks. Wet Willie's recording efforts have been ...
Guitarist returns to stage that launched his career
Cambrian News  –  June 26, 2016
John Anthony returned to Aberystwyth Bandstand. Inset: Mr Anthony in 1964 A GUITARIST who started his career on Aberystwyth promenade’s old bandstand stage 53 years ago, has returned to the seaside town on his 75th birthday to see its new building.


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