Anthony Kiedis Says John Frusciante’s Return Was The Most Monumental Change In RHCP Members’ Lives
During a new interview with NME, Red Hot Chili Peppers members Anthony Kiedis and Flea reflected their thoughts and feelings on John Frusciante’s return to the band. They stated that reuniting with Frusciante had a very positive impact on everyone within the band.
John Frusciante first joined RHCP in 1988 to replace DeWayne McKnight. He quickly developed good chemistry with the rest of the band, but he grew unhappy after the worldwide popularity they achieved with the ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’ album. He struggled to cope with fame and left the band in 1992. After his departure, Frusciante started battling his drug addiction for years and decided to enter rehabilitation.
During this process, he cleared his mind, and he is in a much better mood now. Thus, RHCP members thought it would be a good idea to invite him back. Frusciante returned to the band and gave his full concentration on creating the band’s new music. In 2009, he quit the band again due to his exhaustion from constant work.
Later on, in 2019, John Frusciante made a second return to the band to replace Josh Klinghoffer. He has been playing with the band ever since, and his first album with RHCP in sixteen years will be released very soon. During the conversation with NME, the band members reflected on the forthcoming album, named ‘Unlimited Love,’ and Frusciante’s return to the band.
Anthony Kiedis and Flea stated that reuniting with John Frusciante helped them push each other and concentrate more on the new album. Kiedis expressed that Frusciante’s return was the biggest thing for them because it made a massive change in their lives. Kiedis revealed that they weren’t satisfied with the making process of the album, but when Frusciante returned, it encouraged all of them to keep their motivation high.
Here are Anthony Kiedis’ words on John Frusciante’s return:
“The biggest event, honestly, was John returning to the band. That was the most monumental change in our lives. And God was I down for anything and everything.”
RHCP’s upcoming album’s making was interrupted by COVID. So, the album will be released later than planned. The band announced that it will arrive on April 1, 2022. The first single of the album, ‘Black Summer,’ was released on February 4, 2022, and it was also backed by a music video.
You can listen to RHCP’s new song below.