Listen to John Frusciante’s mesmerising isolated guitar on the Red Hot Chili Peppers song ‘Can’t Stop’
Having announced his return to Red Hot Chili Peppers, we’re exploring some of the best work by the incomparable guitarist John Frusciante.
It has been confirmed that the Chili Peppers’ current guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer, will be replaced by former axeman Frusciante who left the band over a decade ago. “The Red Hot Chili Peppers announce that we are parting ways with our guitarist of the past ten years, Josh Klinghoffer,” the band said in a statement. “Josh is a beautiful musician who we respect and love. We are deeply grateful for our time with him, and the countless gifts he shared with us.”
Frusciante, who was Red Hot Chili Peppers’ lead guitarist from 1988 until 1992, left the band for the first time because of his uncontrollable drug addiction. After extensive rehabilitation, he returned to the band again in 1998 before he decided to quit in 2009 after citing exhaustion as the reason.
For the past ten years, Frusciante has been living out his dream of creating electronic music and began releasing a series of different records. “I started to learn how to program all the instruments we associate with Acid House music and some other hardware,” he once explained in his personal blog. “Then I started recording, playing 10 or so synced machines through a small mixer into a CD burner. This was all experimental Acid House, my skills at making rock music playing no part in it whatsoever. I had lost interest in traditional songwriting and I was excited about finding new methods for creating music.”
Now though, the guitarist is returning to his roots alongside Anthony Kiedis Flea and Chad Smith where he will look to build on the five albums he has already created with the group. One of those records, their 2002 album, By the Way, featured the now-iconic track ‘Can’t Stop’ which arrived as the band’s eighth number one on Billboard chart.
Written by all band members collectively, Frusciante contributed with his rock-reggae style and delivers a monster solo which quickly became a fan favourite for RHCP’s cult following.