Since leaving the Red Hot Chili Peppers, guitarist John Frusciante has been a force of productivity, most recently unveiling a new solo album and streaming it from space, teaming up with Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, and now it’s been confirmed that he’s working on the new Duran Duran album.
Writing on their official website the band confirmed rumours that surfaced online yesterday of the unique collaboration. “We were holding this exciting news because we were hoping to give you full details when we announced,” the band write. “But as word has leaked out… we wanted to confirm.”
According to Consequence of Sound, Frusciante had reportedly confirmed the collaboration in an interview for an upcoming issue of Japanese Guitar Magazine. The band is currently holed up in an undisclosed location, writing and recording. Frusciante has made his contributions “via the internet.”
Frusciante has been “doing some work from his home base in California on our new album. The tracks have been going back and forth via the internet, and we are thrilled with the results. We are all such big fans of John’s work and are honoured to have him adding his magic to the record!”
Despite the unexpected nature of the collaboration, a Duran Duran live tour featuring Frusciante is something any sane music fan would be interested in seeing. However, the band write that there are “no current plans for John to tour with us, but his guitars sound incredible on the tracks.”