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John Frusciante: Tattoos of a Former Chili Pepper

 

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John Frusciante will always be best known as the former guitarist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Joining the Chili Peppers at just 18 years old he took the band to a higher level than they had ever been before. His melodic funky style allowed the band to write music outside their comfort zone reaching new audiences.

He played with the group from 1988 until 1992, departing the group due to a serious drug addiction. It was during this time his house burned down seriously burning him. Several of his tattoo’s were seared off requiring skin graphs. He was finally able beat his addiction and returned to the Pepper’s in 1998. This second round with the band lasted until 2009. He recorded a total five studio albums with the group.

Frusciante officially quit the group on July 29, 2009. Josh Klinghoffe was named as his replacement. He explained his departure stating his desire to musically branch out in a different direction than the Chili Pepper’s. In the winter of 2011 the Red Hot Chili Peppers were named inductees for the 2012 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. No one was surprised when he was a no show at the ceremony.

Since his departure he has been collaborating with numerous artists on various projects. He has also been experimenting with electronic music. John has released a couple of solo efforts as well.

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Just 18 years old when joining the group, he replaced original guitarist Hillel Slovak who died of a drug overdose. Frusciante was a huge fan of the band before joining the group and knew every one of their songs note for note.

 

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MTV Australia Video Music Awards 2007

John FruscianteFan Tattoo’s

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