John Frusciante dove into the occult before leaving the RHCP for the final time
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are ready to go wild Unlimited love on listeners in the form of their 12th studio album on April 1. But before leaving the rock band for the last time in 2009, returning RHCP guitarist John Frusciante went unlimited occult and got a little too mystical.
It’s his confession. In an interview about the upcoming album which is out this week, the 52-year-old guitarist said he got into black magic towards the end of his second tenure with the Peppers.
“I’ve become quite mentally unbalanced in the last two years of touring,” Frusciante said. classic rock. “As the tour progressed, I became immersed in the occult, which became a way of escaping the mindset of touring life.”
He adds, “The occult tends to magnify who you are, and I was an unbalanced mess.”
Perhaps this led to his resignation from the band after 2006 Stadium Arcadium and his subsequent tours. The rest of the group said they could sense his desire to leave at the time.
“John was very absolute about not wanting to do this,” singer Anthony Kiedis recalls. “So when he said [bassist] Flea and I didn’t even have that moment where we were like, ‘Come on, we can work it out.'”
“We were, like, ‘We get it, obviously this isn’t where you want to be,'” the singer adds. “I would say relief was probably the most descriptive word for everyone, including John.”
Red Hot Chili Peppers released two albums without Frusciante in 2011 and 2016, with Josh Klinghoffer in his place. Klinghoffer is now a touring guitarist in Pearl Jam and performs solo as Pluralone.
Now that Frusciante is back in Chili Peppers, however, the Peppers are feeling prolific. They are already planning Unlimited love‘s follow-up, according to a February interview with NME.
“We’re going to release music in handfuls,” Kiedis explained. “Literally. Don’t be surprised if another wheelbarrow of songs comes your way in the near future… We’ve got a lot of bullshit to turn people on.”
“We definitely have enough material that we love,” Frusciante added, saying the envisioned sequel has a “relaxed energy that’s distinct from the intensity of the record we made here.”
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