Contact Us

John Frusciante Won’t Join Red Hot Chili Peppers at Rock Hall Induction

John Frusciante
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction can have awkward consequences for a band that has experienced frequent lineup changes over the years. Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith tells Billboard that former Chili Peppers drummers Jack Irons and Cliff Martinez will participate in the group’s April 14 induction, but guitarist John Frusciante will not.

Though Frusciante left the Chili Peppers before the recording of their latest album, ‘I’m With You,’ the band invited him to the ceremony. Smith says he kindly declined.

“He didn’t feel comfortable coming, which we totally respect,” Smith says. “He said, ‘I’m just not really comfortable with that, but good luck and thanks for inviting me.’ It was all good. He’s the kind of guy, I think, that once he’s finished with something he’s just on to the next phase of his life. The Chili Peppers are not really on his radar right now.”

Frusciante made two stints in the Chili Peppers. He first joined in the late ’80s but left in 1992 as he struggled to deal with the band’s burgeoning success and his own drug problems. He returned in 1998 and remained with the group for a decade before departing again.

Even without Frusciante present, Smith says the Chili Peppers are looking forward to taking their places among the all-time greats in the Rock Hall. “I’m very pleased about it. Music’s not a competition. Yeah, you like to win Grammys and stuff, but [the Rock Hall)] is different. It’s not like the flavor of the month or the flavor of the year; it’s for a long career we’ve been fortunate enough to have. I’m very humbled, because the people who are in there…it’s not a joke. It’s very cool.”

Best of the Web

Festival Fever News

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://diffuser.fm using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Diffuser.fm quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on Diffuser.fm quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!