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?
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