In an article published by Billboard Magazine, it has been revealed that former Red Hot Chilli Peppers guitarist John Frusciante will not be attending his old band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Drummer Chad Smith told Bilboard that John “didn’t feel comfortable coming, which we totally respect”. Smith says, “We asked him… 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.”
Smith continued, “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 flavour of the month or the flavour 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. So we’re looking forward to it. It’ll be a fun thing. There’s no pressure, like, ‘Are we gonna win?,’ none of that shit. We can just go and have a good time and celebrate with our friends and our families and our fans.”
The band also revealed that, during their short time off touring whilst singer Anthony Kedis seeks medical assistance, they have been playing and writing new material together as a band, which will hopefully shorten the usual 4-year gap between albums