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#1
Last night I was at the Chili Pepper's/ Gnarl's Barkley(supposedly) show and the crowd pissed of the peppers.

First off they canceled Gnarl's Barkley without anyone knowing basically. That pissed off a lot of people there I'm sure.

They replaced them with a weird half naked white rapper named Mickey Avalon that no one could understand due to the PA.

He was booed after ever single song he played for an hour and then off stage.

After about 45 minutes of setup for the peppers, they come on stage and Flea says "how bout a round of applause for Mickey?" and almost everyone booes. Then he told the crowd they were booing the peppers by booing mickey because he was a friend of theirs and the crowd is pretty much silent.

They play the show, and after the encore break, John comes on stage and makes a big speach about 5 minutes long on how he feels sorry for us that we are close-minded because we have MTV jammed down our throats. Mickey runs up on stage and gives him a hug and they finish the concert without playing Under the Bridge or Otherside.

Then I got this forwarded from a friend. It's a letter from Frusciante himself.

To the Oklahoma audience,
I feel love for everyone who supports my band and our music.I play music to spread light around the world and those who are open to the light we spread are as much a part of our music as we are.
To the few of you who booed my friend Mickey Avalon,I must say that I agree with Flea that you were also booing my band and yourselves.Because in booing another man,in the first place, you show no regard for humanity.And you show that you have no concept of the amount of courage it takes to open up in front of anybody,much less 10,000 people.Because anyone who knows what it feels like to open up to even one person would never attempt to abuse a person who was doing so in front of a crowd. I happen to feel that Mickey is a great rapper,a great performer,and a natural born star.Though all my friends agree with me on this,it is obviously a matter of opinion,as with any artist,and I certainly don't expect every member of my bands audience to agree with me,especially with such limited exposure to him. But imagine if you were 10 years old and you spent a year putting a play together, and charged 50 cents and you and your friends really decked the place out and worked hard to make it fun to come to, and you knew a five year old dancer who was great and asked her to dance before the play.If some people came and booed her,would you want to perform for them?Would that kind of abuse be what you had in mind when you were working so hard to create an environment where people could have fun,party and be entertained? Anybody who has the guts to get on stage and bear themselves deserves to be respected for having courage.Anyone watching is free to leave or go to the lobby. But by staying,though you don't like it,and preferring to boo rather than leave,you are showing that you derive pleasure from attempting to hurt others, and that is always the result of dissatisfaction with yourelf.Anyone who trys to make others feel bad,in an attempt to feel good themselves,will never feel true happiness as long as they do so.Not to mention,in the case of a great man such as Mickey Avalon,you only make him stronger,because he has actual self-belief,something which cannot be faked.And you who booed gave him the chance to demonstrate that he has that admirable quality. By the way,the Chili Peppers got booed opening for people in the early days,as have many of the all-time greats.Standing up to that shit is part of getting stronger when someone knows they are good,and it is just taking the world longer to catch on. In this sense I thank you for booing because you have served as a steppingstone for a strong performer to get even stronger.
And I also realize that those of you who booed have probably been spoken down to consistenty by your parents,your teachers,your bosses,your older siblings,older kids,etc.I know that shit is frustrating and it probably feels good to take it out on someone who has confidence you wish you had.But the truth is we are all here together.One of us is here because all of us are here. If you don't respect other peoples feelings you can't expect to ever have others respect your feelings. As long as you attempt to humiliate someone who is opening up to you,you will never have the courage to truly open up to others.
I knew there was a chance that Mickey would get booed by those of you who resent what isn't familiar, and I also knew that he is of strong enough character to stand up to it, and perform as great as he does in a club in L.A. where people absolutley love and adore him. There is very little I admire more than that ability, which last night he clearly showed he has.A strong sense of self is what we all want,and so we should respect those who have it. Whether we like what they are doing is beside the point. If I see a performer who I think is terrible,my heart bleeds for them.The thought of trying to humiliate them is unthinkable.
I am very grateful to be able to share the music that comes through me and my band with each and every person who attends our shows. It means a great deal to me. But when I see that some members of my audience enjoy hurting others,I must speak up and say what I feel is right. If you are using the arena we all rented together to attempt to hurt a mans feelings, I must use the microphone to get across that that is not why we are gathered there.
Thank you to all of you,including you who booed,and I honestly hope you got something out of the experience.I hope you who booed someday have the beginnings of true confidence,whereby you derive no pleasure from humiliating others,and can then have the courage to open up to the world and be yourself unashamedly.
What we share with music is a celebration of the infinite possibilites the universe has to offer. I love all who share in this celebration with us.I recommend that you use the experience to inspire you to be yourself, and to let it all hang out. What the **** do you think is so cool about Flea and Anthony in the first place?Or Jimi Hendrix or David Bowie?Or Little Richard?They waved their freak flag high! We should all follow their lead! Have respect for those who do this(whether they're famous or not)and you will develop the courage to do this yourself. Everyone of you is a star.Its just hiding inside of some of you.That part of you will come out if you treat others as you would like to be treated,and when you can't find it in yourself to do so,if you just leave others alone.
All of you who we play to have given me so much and I write this in hopes that I can give help to some of you(who were clearly the minority) where you clearly showed yourself to be in need of help. If people try to push you down,don't conform to their bullshit.Stand up to it,with courage. Make 'em threaten you with death before you even consider backing down.Be how you want to be. ****'em. Then you will develop inner character whereby you would always support those who have the guts to be themselves openly,for you would know that you and they are on the same team. We are actually all on the same team but some of us seem to know that and others do not. Thanks especially to the majority of you,who opened up to MA.I know he's different.It always takes a second for us to comprehend things that are unfamiliar.
Lots of love to all of you.That's what this is all about.
Love,
John Frusciante
PS. I know I don't know you personally and couldn't possibly know if you only buy and listen to what your force fed. I was so mad last night,when Fleas mention of MA received some boos, that my words were led by my emotions,and I am not used to verbally speaking to large crowds. I wrote this letter to make my position clear.Thank you for hearing me out.
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#3
hahahahahahaha nice one man, now there gonna turn emo, way to be


oh god i hope that doesnt happen. but still, thats kind of funny (them being pissed, not them being emos)
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#4
Dont give us oklahomans a bad name.....
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#6
Brilliant letter, I think. And I totally agree. RHCP forever! And congrats to that Mikey fellow for not letting the booing get to him.
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#7
Wow... thats pretty intense.


Personally alot of the stuff he said in there may be found offensive by some of his fans... I know that wasn't his intention, but people can construe words in different ways and I hope it doesn't come back to bite John in the ass.
#9
that's pathetic that you let a simple setback as a different opener and not have 2 songs played ruin your entire concert experience. have you thought that maybe gnarls barkley had to pull out due to personal reasons? its not like the whole concert was cancelled. you also didnt make a point, you just told us something that happened
#11
wow, I see what the peppers meant. I'll admit I only read through about half of frusciante's letter, but I got the point. I hate it when the crowd does shit that you know will piss off the band you love. and u try to stop them but they don't listen. pisses me off beyond belief. I'm sorry for you, RHCP will probably never play there again. feel bad for ya.
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#13
I would kill myself if I was one of the people who angered John. Nah I'd just feel really bad.
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#14
Wow, my respect for John has shot up majorly. That was a very good point he brought up.
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#15
if there's anything i respect the RHCP, it's their commitment to their opening bands.

remember when people booed TMV and john told em to **** off?

i love that, your friends are more important than the fans.
#16
You'd think that with all their money they could hire someone to edit that. Makes him sound retarded (but I'd rather have a good guitarist than a decent linguist with RHCP).
#17
John is a good man. He's completly right about the guts it takes to perform, in front of a whole stadium nonetheless. If I was in his place, I probably wouldn't have wanted to play the show at all.
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that's pathetic that you let a simple setback as a different opener and not have 2 songs played ruin your entire concert experience. have you thought that maybe gnarls barkley had to pull out due to personal reasons? its not like the whole concert was cancelled. you also didnt make a point, you just told us something that happened


First off, it did not ruin my concert. That was the most awesome concert I have been to in my life. You can't even describe how amazing the peppers played. And if the peppers had played those two songs it would've been that much better. None the less, it was mind-blowing. Also we found out gnarls barkley pulled out because the concert was postponed and they couldn't make the new date.

My point is in John's letter. Its full of meaning and I felt that it was something worthy of being shared.

Edit: I am glad to say i was not one of the one's booing the opening act.
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#19
Oh I've actually listened to this guy before it turns out. I actually dig this guy kinda. I didn't know he did that Jane Fonda song. Why boo him? True he's a little odd buy whatever Oklahoma shot itself in the foot.

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Oh I've actually listened to this guy before it turns out. I actually dig this guy kinda. I didn't know he did that Jane Fonda song. Why boo him? True he's a little odd buy whatever Oklahoma shot itself in the foot.

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I think the main reason everyone was booing was that they couldn't understand a word he said because of the PA. I did make out the word motherf*cker in one of his songs. It was in every other line of the song.

Also his last song was called "My dick" it was something about how his dick was better than everyone elses.

I personally didn't like him, but at least he tried and was out on the stage doing something. That is why I didnt boo him.

Also we just screwed ourselves, RHCP will never play here again.
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#23
I agree that booing someone for an hour () is bad, but even if you have an open mind about music (as I do, I listen to everything, quite literally) that doesn't mean you have to like everything.

I dont like the foo fighters, I find them boring, and my friend says to me "I thought you listened to all genres" and I say "yer, but I still dislike stuff"

Some of the best critics in the world listen to every type of music for 8+ hours a day, if they just went around saying everything was great (Which it isnt, in music you have alot more bad than good) they would be out of a job.
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"id do nething to impress the rhcps". u guys are groupies
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#26
man wtf why would the crowd do that, just makes me sick. He's a regular person just like anyone else, rap or not, some rap is actually good, MTV rap sucks. But come on, it's just a person...
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#28
My respect for John went up a bit.

I mean if I were a musician I'd follow the whole "My friends > My fans" kinda thing.
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I agree that booing someone for an hour () is bad, but even if you have an open mind about music (as I do, I listen to everything, quite literally) that doesn't mean you have to like everything.

I dont like the foo fighters, I find them boring, and my friend says to me "I thought you listened to all genres" and I say "yer, but I still dislike stuff"

Some of the best critics in the world listen to every type of music for 8+ hours a day, if they just went around saying everything was great (Which it isnt, in music you have alot more bad than good) they would be out of a job.

Yeah, but he's just saying even if you don't like it, don't knock the dude down for it.

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I remember he said in a Total Guitar interview something along the lines of people who don't learn theory are just lazy bastards and then wrote a letter to explain himself the following month.
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#30
Yeah he did that when everyone booed off Chick on Speed in Manchester. And Hyde Park. And Hyde Park 2. Then they dropped them.

They can blow it out their ass. The bands sucked, and if they want to be all hippy tree hugging tossers who expect us to find genius in all sorts of different music then that's fine, but the lesson is don't put on a support act that doesn't match your target audience. Quit trying to 'open peoples minds' when really you're just going after weird artists to support your shows.
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#31
Shit. I was gonna go to that concert, but I could only get shit seats when I went to get tickets. But now I wish I'd a gone anyways because now they sure as hell aren't coming back to Oklahoma.
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Yeah, but he's just saying even if you don't like it, don't knock the dude down for it.

Fru waffles quite badly.

I remember he said in a Total Guitar interview something along the lines of people who don't learn theory are just lazy bastards and then wrote a letter to explain himself the following month.


I remember that. He doesn't half run his mouth while trying to get his point across.

You think I wanna go to gig and listen to a rapper rap about his penis? Seriously.
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#33
That's pretty ****ed up, like the letter said, you have no idea how hard it is to get up in front of an insane number of people and perform.
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That's pretty ****ed up, like the letter said, you have no idea how hard it is to get up in front of an insane number of people and perform.


Still that doesn't mean people cant boo, If I wanted to see gnarls barkley and they weren't there, and got replaced by some (terrible) rapper, I would be pissed.

Lots of stuff takes guts to do, it doesn't mean if a go to see someone and the opening act is a 60 year old juggler I dont have the right to boo, regardless of how "hard" it is to get up on a stage to do it.
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#35
What a load of fuss over nothing. So, they booed a supporting act that wasn't properly scheduled and who'd obviously skipped the sound check, writing a freakin' essay about it isn't going to change anything.

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Still that doesn't mean people cant boo, If I wanted to see gnarls barkley and they weren't there, and got replaced by some (terrible) rapper, I would be pissed.

Lots of stuff takes guts to do, it doesn't mean if a go to see someone and the opening act is a 60 year old juggler I dont have the right to boo, regardless of how "hard" it is to get up on a stage to do it.



You'd boo a 60 year old juggler?

Like John said, if you don't like it, leave. No need to boo the guy.
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You'd boo a 60 year old juggler?

Like John said, if you don't like it, leave. No need to boo the guy.


I probably would yes

And people have every right to boo something they don't like.
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I probably would yes

And people have every right to boo something they don't like.


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I probably would yes

And people have every right to boo something they don't like.


and people have the right to call names at eachother..... and to say what they think, but that doesnt mean you'll always do that.... considering decency and respect
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