The Red Hot Chili Peppers will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 14, honoring their more-than-two-decades worth of funk-rock mastery, but longtime guitarist John Frusciante won’t be a part of the festivities.
The guitarist, who quit the band for the second time in 2009, has chosen to opt out of rushing back into the limelight he felt so uncomfortable with in the first place – he left the group following the release and immediate success of 1991’s Blood Sugar Sex Magik, overwhelmed with it all.
In a conversation with Billboard, RHCP drummer Chad Smith broke the news that Frusicante won’t be there, but it doesn’t seem like the decision really bothered the band much:
“He didn’t feel comfortable coming, which we totally respect,” Smith says. “We asked him… He said, ‘I’m just not really comfortable with that, but good luck and thanks for inviting me.’ It was all good. He’s the kind of guy, I think, that once he’s finished with something he’s just on to the next phase of his life. The Chili Peppers are not really on his radar right now.”
In the same article, Smith mentions that the band will perform at the induction ceremonies and host a private party the night before. In addition, former Peppers’ drummers Jack Irons and Cliff Martinez will also be on-hand. No word if onetime guitarist and Frusciante replacement Dave Navarro will be there too.
More notes from the piece – having postponed their I’m With You tour due to front man Anthony Kiedis smashing his foot to bits, Smith, Flea and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer have apparently jammed in the studio during the downtime.
They sent CDs of the sessions to Kiedis, who apparently loves the new material. I’m With You was just released in August, and the band is preparing to release another single, Brendan’s Death Song, but it would appear as if they’re already working toward a follow-up. In the meantime, check out the band’s excellent recent performance on Jools Holland and their latest video, for Look Around.