Friday, December 18, 2009

Thanks for the Memories, John

This is sad news to me that John Frusicante is leaving the Red Hot Chili Peppers again. Even though it was on great terms, it's a big loss because he's a driving force in their creativity.

I guess he still wants to follow his unique musical vision and few artists today can match the skill he has. But its a lot better than when he did in 1992, leaving the band because he was incapable of being a star and dealing with drug addiction.

People don't talk much about it, but his road to recovery is one of the best in recent music history. You can look at videos of him strung out and wonder how someone was probably near death can comeback and reclaim his throne as one of the best guitarists of the last 30 years. A child prodigy turned rock star turned drug addict turned clean visionary.

The Chili Peppers are one of my favorite bands ever and I was anticipating a new album next year and finally getting to see them on tour at some point. But now, it'll just be Anthony, Chad, Flea and hopefully a great guitarist who can capture some semblance of John's vibe.

It's been a great 10 years back John. Thank you for the music and I wish you well with your career.

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