John Frusciante Says King Crimson Is His Favorite Band


During a new conversation with Broken Record Podcast, Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante revealed that King Crimson became his favorite band when he first started listening to progressive rock.

After six years of a break, Red Hot Chili Peppers is finally back on the music scene with their twelfth studio album, ‘Unlimited Love,’ released on April 1, 2022. The release of two singles preceded the album, ‘Black Summer’ and ‘These Are The Ways.’ The album has received favorable reviews from critics so far. It is also John Frusciante’s first album with the band after rejoining in 2019.

The band will also embark on the ‘2022 Global Stadium Tour’ in support of the new album, which will mark their first tour in five years. The extensive tour will take place in North America and Europe, with 36 shows. It will start on June 4, 2022, in Seville, Spain, and finish on September 25, 2022, in Louisville, Kentucky.

In a recent interview, Frusciante reflected on his days with the band and also revealed his first musical influences. He explained that his musical exploration went stage by stage, listening to all different genres of music. Following the ’60s music, he got into ’70s music and progressive rock, which peaked in the early 1970s.

The guitarist listened to the bands like Genesis, Yes, and King Crimson. Moreover, King Crimson quickly became his favorite band with its distinctive sound. He was also a massive fan of the band’s then-guitarist Adrian Belew, who inspired him with his amazing guitar skills. Frusciante added that he had always been interested in exploring new musical areas since childhood.

John Frusciante speaking on his early musical influences:

“Gradually, it was like ’60s music, and then from there, I got into like more arty kind of ’70s music like Roxy Music and David Bowie, and progressive rock like Genesis, Yes, and King Crimson. King Crimson became my favorite band.

I got really into Adrian Belew’s guitar playing. I was obsessed with him, and so this is all happened when I was like 12 or 13 years old at this point. All the stages went very fast, and it is not like I ever stopped liking anything that I’d liked previously, but I would get really excited about a new thing and be focused on that.”

You can listen to the full podcast and RHCP’s new album below.