After 13 years, John Frusciante has finally made his long-awaited return with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The band were performing at a tribute concert for Andrew Burkle that was put on by the Tony Hawk Foundation.
Following last year’s announcement that Frusciante would be rejoining the Chili Peppers, the guitarist has finally reunited with the band at a tribute concert.
Joining his fellow Chili Peppers members Anthony Kiedis and Flea for a quick but raucous set, Frusciante was back to his guitar virtuoso shredding. Sadly, Chad Smith wasn’t present so it wasn’t a full Chili Peppers reunion. Jane’s Addiction’s Stephen Perkins filled in for Smith’s absence.
The band powered through the classic Give It Away before demolishing a pair of covers, including Gang of Four’s Not Great Men and The Stooges’ I Wanna Be Your Dog. Frusciante also joined alt metal gods Jane’s Addiction for a performance of Mountain Song. Dave Navarro, Jane’s guitarist and former Chili’s guitarist posted to his Instagram with the caption, “Absolute magic”. This reunion follows the band’s announcement last December that Frusciante would be rejoining the band for a second time (and his third stint).
Josh Klinghoffer, The Chili Peppers former guitarist, recently discussed his firing from the band. In an interview with WTF With Marc Maron, Klinghoffer said his firing came as a, “complete shock but not a surprise.”
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are set to make their full return with Frusciante later this year. With major performances at Boston Calling and Hangout Festival, The Chili Peppers are returning in a huge way.
Check out Navarro’s post and videos from the performance below:
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