John Frusciante

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John Frusciante (March 5, 1970) is an American rock guitarist, singer and producer, best known as guitarist for The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Zappa references

During concerts The Red Hot Chili Peppers would sometimes cover Inca Roads.

Frusciante wrote liner notes for The Dub Room Special! (The Album).

"When I was 14 years old I made the decision that I was going to find and purchase every Frank Zappa record. In 1984, this took some doing since all of his records from the 60's and 70's were out of print. I would take buses all over L.A. and the Valley for these records, every one of which had a huge, powerful effect on me. Each one, upon finding it, would seem like the most perfect microcosm of feeling to me. Everything about each one, the smell, the cover, the inner sleeve and especially the music were pure magic to my mind. I also soon started regularly calling his 818 PUMPKIN, ordering stuff whenever I had money. This included the Old Masters box (which contained re-masters of his first 5 records), the film Baby Snakes and a video called The Dub Room Special. I watched these two videos over and over, constantly showing them to anyone willing to watch. By the time I was 15 I owned all of the records and was spending about 70% of my musical life studying and learning his music. For me, striving for the perfection he was known for demanding from his bands was a powerful motivation and force behind the huge amount of practicing I was doing back then. I taught myself to read music by comparing the written notes in The Frank Zappa Guitar Book to the recordings of those songs. The poly-rhythms in that book (brilliantly transcribed by Steve Vai), as well as those in his instrumental compositions, opened up my mind a great deal. I believe this instilled in my brain the wide open, infinite possibilities of creating shapes with music."
John Frusciante, The Dub Room Special! liner notes (abridged), 2007.

In the song "Happiness Loves Company" on the Red Hot Chili Peppers' album "I'm With You" (2011) Anthony Kiedis sings: "The Mothers of Invention are the best!"

John Frusciante was also mentioned and thanked in the liner notes of The MOFO Project/Object (2006) album. [1]

Sources

  1. http://globalia.net/donlope/fz/notes/The_MOFO_Project_Object.html#Contributors

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