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?

John Frusciante Declines Hall Of Fame Invite
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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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    LadMcLad
    Sickened, wanted to see John play with the Chili Peppers again. But of course it's his decision and that's cool
    SilentSinner
    I don't think that was really a snub, more of him making a choice. I can kind of see why he wouldn't, but I wish he would.
    Mr.DeadDuck
    dayman317 wrote: is it just me or does it seem very obvious that john is back on the drugs...
    based on what exactly?
    Pagan_Poetry
    John just lives very much by whatever music he is making. He's very spiritual with the music he writes, especially his solo stuff. If he doesn't want to go to the hall of fame ceremony just because he doesn't feel that he can connect with himself on that level, then that's up to him. At least it isn't because of bad blood or anything.
    Mack888
    The chilis line up that had him as guitarist was undoubtedly the best lineup and the one most folk remember. It's curious though that the other two former members are gonna be there anyway. I can't help but get a bad feeling about it.
    '93
    it was his bday 2 days ago would have been nice to see them together one last time
    hotdogs585
    this is the exact type of shit that prob made john quit in the first place, the rock and roll hall of fame goes against everything real rock stands for and john knows it.
    stndrdprcdre
    This is one instance where a band will say that they are on good terms with a former member and I actually beleive that it's true. Ever since John left I've gotten the vibe that the rest of the band genuinely respects whatever decisions he makes.
    Superperfex
    Remember that John is still the same in terms of his feeling towards HUGE fame and all that recognition. He enjoyed playing with the Chilis, but at the end of the day him being there is doesn't make him feel comfortable. That's why he left the band the first time, along with his addiction. Now that he dropped his addictions, he just wants to do his own thing apart from the Chilis. He's married now, and is in a new chapter of his life, and I respect him 100000%
    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.
    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
    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.
    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.
    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.
    JFisJC
    dayman317 wrote: is it just me or does it seem very obvious that john is back on the drugs...
    You're an idiot.
    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
    Well, he's John Anthony Mother Fuckin Frusciante, he can do whatever the **** he wants. I don't blame him though. I'd feel pretty weird in a situation like that. I just can't wait for his new album.
    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.
    sergiozaciu
    Guns N' Roses being put in the hall of fame is comical when you think about it. Its been 25 years since the release of their first album? Do we even consider the current GnR, the same GnR that existed back then? I sure as hell dont, so if I see any member of the new GnR onstage during the induction, I lose all faith in this ceremony.
    a drummer
    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?
    He isn't a chili pepper anymore, yes, but their four biggest records, (two of their best imo) were with John in the band. The music that got them inducted was written with Frusciante. Regardless, it's a bummer he won't be joining them
    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.
    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.
    FenderMaster
    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.
    Hungry_Hameds
    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!!!
    Pit_
    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.
    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.
    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.
    Z0S07657
    This article didn't mention that Chad more or less said that a follow up to I'm With You is not to be expected before late 2013.
    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.
    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.
    RHCPFAN96
    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!
    COREYTAYLOR721
    Can't really get into Im with you because it seems kind of different more popy if thats a word. I think Anthony wants to take this band more towards pop.
    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?
    dayman317
    is it just me or does it seem very obvious that john is back on the drugs...
    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?
    metallicaftwlp
    he made the chili peppers. they are nothing without him. although, stadium arcadium wasn't very good.