John Frusciante Declines Hall Of Fame Invite

Red Hot Chili Peppers invited their former guitarist to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame ceremony, and he declined the offer. But why?

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John Frusciante will not join his former bandmates in Red Hot Chili Peppers when they are inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April.

Drummer Chad Smith says their Fruciante, who announced his departure from the band in 2009, was invited to their induction but decided not to join.

"He didn't feel comfortable coming, which we totally respect," said Smith. "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."

Since leaving the band, Frusciante has persued a variety of solo projects.

Smith confirmed that other former members, Jack Irons and Cliff Martinez, will perform at the ceremony with the band.

Bands are eligible for nomination to the Hall Of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album. Other bands to be inducted on the big night include Faces/Small Faces and Guns N' Roses, who are yet to decide whether they will perform in their original classic lineup.

Meanwhile, RHCP have been using their time off before their summer tour to write new material.

"Normally in Chili Peppers world we never really had this much of a kind of break in a tour. Before, if we had a month off, we would never get together and write song ideas; we always wrote songs when it was time for an album cycle," said Smith, "but everyone just wanted to play."

Will RHCP write and release a follow-up to 2011's "I'm With You" sooner than their usual album cycle?

What do you think of Frusciante's snub of the event? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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    FenderMaster
    King Bluesy wrote: Hungry_Hameds wrote: People seriously NEED to get over the fact John has left. He's happy, the band is happy, Josh is doing great on the new stuff and his interpretations of the old songs live is great. Take off your rose tinted glasses!!! I'm fine with John being gone and Josh stepping in. Josh has done well on his own stuff, but some of his solos on John's music is meh(not hating) but this is the Hallf Of Fame and John should be there.
    I concur. Josh did a great job on I'm with you, but his live solos on Johns old songs are pretty meh.
    burgernips
    I was hoping John would attend, but only because I want to see or hear from him somehow. He's completely slipped off the radar.
    Skuzzmo
    rhs5110 wrote: Without john there what's the point in going seriously
    So are you suggesting they go in a silly and zany fashion instead?
    schirripar
    LOL Rock and roll HOF is too mainstream tor The Froosh. I love RHCP and Froosh and I cannot wait for the new solo album! I hope more musicians turn down the HOF invites. They need to be tought a lesson. Rock and roll is about defiance.
    KingEuphoric wrote: This isnt a snub at all
    it isn't watch any interview with John. He is totally that awkward
    drug.me.2.hell
    At least he's not like Mike Portnoy (continuing whining about how its hurting him to see his old band which HE left get bigger etc) Well done John, and good luck for all your future projects.
    Jmoarguitar
    Johns one of my favorite musicians ever and it sucks that he won't be joining them but it doesn't surprise me that he isn't.
    mikehasastrat7
    Pit_ wrote: no dis to frusciante, but the rhcp albums i like are the ones he wasn't on. the first three with hilel slovak and one hot minute with dave navarro are my favourites. nothing against his style, probably deserved the induction and all.
    Hillel slovak didn't play on the first album, jack Sherman did.
    Stikit2duhman
    their newest album was meh. In fact, I think all their albums after californication were just ok. They had like 3 good songs in each but the rest of the songs are really not special. even one hot minute was good and solid as an album . I WANT A BADASS RHCP ALBUM AGAIN!
    bitchfist
    i understand johns kinda weird and he doesn't wanna go. but come on... him turning this down is like shitting on rhcp's whole legacy (imo). didn't it mean anything to him?
    jw_4256
    Kinda sucks that he's not in the Chili Peppers anymore and that he won't be there when they get inducted into the hall of fame but at least him and the rest of the guys are still on good terms. On a sidenote though, **** Guns and Roses. Axl Rose doesn't even deserve an inviation to the event let alone being inducted
    King Bluesy
    Hungry_Hameds wrote: People seriously NEED to get over the fact John has left. He's happy, the band is happy, Josh is doing great on the new stuff and his interpretations of the old songs live is great. Take off your rose tinted glasses!!!
    I'm fine with John being gone and Josh stepping in. Josh has done well on his own stuff, but some of his solos on John's music is meh(not hating) but this is the Hallf Of Fame and John should be there.
    rockfreak611
    To me, the Chili Peppers without John is like Led Zeppelin without Jimmy Page - you would still have the 3 other assets to the band's sound, but there's always going to be that missing element. So mad that I never got to see them while John was still in the band - he's one of my favorite guitarists.
    JFisJC
    dayman317 wrote: is it just me or does it seem very obvious that john is back on the drugs...
    You're an idiot.
    centermass
    and the fact that he admittedly had sex with a child 15 years old read the book .... amazes me how *****s like this get a pass becayse of fame!
    metalgod96 wrote: centermass wrote: i stopped caring about rhcp after i read anthony keidis' book the dude is a pedophile! he better never come near my sixteen year old daughter!!!!! I still love RHCP but seriously, Anthony looks like a rapist now with his over-one-eye emo do and that mustache.
    queenslander47
    I love John and think there is no way the Chili Peppers would have been half as successful as they have been without his contributions, but he's the type of guy I just can't imagine putting much stock in the rock n roll hall of fame. Even if he was still in the band I don't think he'd be comfortable there.
    Miyagi84
    Ballsweat wrote: Divorced parents still go to their child's high school graduation.
    Read Superfex's comment to understand why he's not coming back to play. It has nothing to do with not wanting to play with them. He still has alot of love for those guys, he just doesn't like the idea of being a rockstar or any of the trappings of being one, which includes, among other things, the trappings of accolades and being labeled as the best ever.
    RHtonyflowCP
    That's an awful shame. Seriously, I would have loved to see John reunited, at least for the last time with them. But my respect John as a person and as a musician more than almost any other artist I love.
    pinata89
    BoomBoyBooms wrote: To be honest I thought that John wouldn't have gone like he chose because like, with Josh joining the band and well like replacing him, I wouldn't think he would want to celebrate something he didn't FULLY compose (I'm with You)
    I'm fairly certain that RHCP would have been inducted without the addition of the last LP.
    kevinyuwOw
    and when he gets broke again he'll ask kiedis, flea and chad to "let me get in again!"
    Frusciantay
    FenderMaster wrote: It wasn't a snub, John probably just feels that part of his life is over now. He isn't a chili pepper anymore so why go to their induction ceremony? Infinite love to Frusciante and the RHCP he was a part of. The new RHCP is very good too, but I prefer the Frusciante years.
    this times 9000
    kevinyuwOw
    and when he gets broke again he'll plead to kiedis, flea and chad to "let me get in again!"
    CrawlingHorror
    Deep Purple snubbed again. The Jesus and Mary Chain will be selected to the rock hall before Deep Purple will. Just watch. What a f*cking joke.
    Miyagi84
    I was hoping to see John Play with them one more time, since he's the best guitarist they've ever had. But I'm not surprised to hear this; John always hated the limelight and really has never done it for the accolades or recognition, only the music.
    -xCaMRocKx-
    NOOOOO!!! Oh well, you gotta admire that the guys are still friends. Ever since he left, the other guys, particularly Flea, have said nothing but good things about him.
    metalgod96
    centermass wrote: i stopped caring about rhcp after i read anthony keidis' book the dude is a pedophile! he better never come near my sixteen year old daughter!!!!!
    I still love RHCP but seriously, Anthony looks like a rapist now with his over-one-eye emo do and that mustache.
    Dhclark92
    The dude should play with his gang. He should do it for the ppl and not be such a puss
    JFisJC
    RHCPFAN96 wrote: as much as i love john and i know i should respect his decisions it annoys me alot how hes just forgotten the rhcp, doesnt talk to them and wont even turn up to this event!
    It's not that he's forgotten them, he's just moved on. BIG difference
    jurnag12
    So the RHCP get in but Rush doesn't? I have loads of respect for the Peppers, but dammit, that's just wrong.
    BassFishin
    Pagan_Poetry wrote: BassFishin wrote: It's just like the Grammies, or the Oscars, or any other award...it doesn't mean jack. All of you guys, here in the comments, know who you personally believe to be true icons in your lives. Screw the hall of fame, it's only one group's opinions. On another note, the title makes it sound like John just flat out said "p*ss off" or something. He was clearly more respectful than that. Pretty much this. In the end, the only thing that matters is if ones music passes the test of time. The R&RHOF is a gold star sticker to nudge bands on the arm to subtly let them know they may be on their way to do this (am I being condescending enough?), but it's still just more or less a gimmick. Is it an outrage that he doesn't want to show up? No, not really.
    Exactly. It's a standard that they themselves have created. "Come to our thing or you're an ***" Now, granted, when a band i really admire wins something, it's kind of nice...but only because I'm glad that someone is giving them some attention... ...but if they declined that award, or never won it at all, it wouldn't phase me in the slightest. It doesn't change how I feel about then when I listen to their music. (or watch their films, in the case of the oscars)
    iommi600
    GrungeHippie26 wrote: At least its not like the Axl and Slash situation...
    My thoughts exactly. Just said a plain and simple "no" and carried on with his life... I really admire Frusciante's honesty, he always been like that.
    Pagan_Poetry
    BassFishin wrote: It's just like the Grammies, or the Oscars, or any other award...it doesn't mean jack. All of you guys, here in the comments, know who you personally believe to be true icons in your lives. Screw the hall of fame, it's only one group's opinions. On another note, the title makes it sound like John just flat out said "p*ss off" or something. He was clearly more respectful than that.
    Pretty much this. In the end, the only thing that matters is if ones music passes the test of time. The R&RHOF is a gold star sticker to nudge bands on the arm to subtly let them know they may be on their way to do this (am I being condescending enough?), but it's still just more or less a gimmick. Is it an outrage that he doesn't want to show up? No, not really.
    BassFishin
    It's just like the Grammies, or the Oscars, or any other award...it doesn't mean jack. All of you guys, here in the comments, know who you personally believe to be true icons in your lives. Screw the hall of fame, it's only one group's opinions. On another note, the title makes it sound like John just flat out said "p*ss off" or something. He was clearly more respectful than that.