John Frusciante Says He "Wasn't Paying Attention" to RHCP's Albums with Josh Klinghoffer

"I was just making electronic music, and they were living in one world and I was living in another one"
John Frusciante Says He 'Wasn't Paying Attention' to RHCP's Albums with Josh Klinghoffer
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John Frusciante spent a decade away from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, having quit in 2009 and rejoined in 2019. For fans wondering what the guitarist thought of the band's material with replacement member Josh Klinghoffer, he now has a rather unsatisfying answer: he didn't pay any attention.

The full band were interviewed on The Howard Stern Show yesterday (April 5). Stern asked Frusciante what it was like to watch his bandmates carry on without him, and the guitarist said that he was almost entirely immersed in the world of electronic music.

"I really didn't pay attention to rock music in general, other than the old stuff that I'm attached to," Frusciante said. "I was just making electronic music, and they were living in one world and I was living in another one. So I wasn't paying attention, really."

This response mirrors what happened when Frusciante quit the band back in the '90s; he said numerous times that he never listened to One Hot Minute, the band's 1995 album with Dave Navarro. Frusciante has never played any of the band's songs with Navarro live, and he didn't play any Klinghoffer material at the band's recent return to the stage.

Red Hot Chili Peppers are touring extensively in 2022. Based on Frusciante's comments, there probably won't be any material from I'm with You or The Getaway in the setlist. Take a listen to "Dark Necessities," John — it's pretty good!

Below, watch Frusciante tell Howard Stern about rejoining the band (although the quotes about ignoring the Klinghoffer years aren't in this snippet). Read Exclaim!'s review of Unlimited Love, RHCP's new album with Frusciante.