What is the guitarist from the majority of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ albums worth? Definitely a lot, but less than you might expect from a consistent staple on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Best Guitarists of All Time.
John Frusciante is not only notorious for being the guitarist behind the greatness that is BloodSugarSexMagik and Californication, but unfortunately also for his ups and downs with drug addiction that caused him to come and go from the band.
Frusciante left the Chili Peppers on multiple occasions and is currently not part of the band. He still, however, works on numerous solo projects; his last album was released in April of last year and his next project will be released exactly a year later, this April, and will be under the title ‘Trickfinger.’ It will be another project focusing on electronic music, something he’s gravitated to to defy conventional music. It will also be Frusciante’s 13th album under his own name.
Before Frusciante became clean, he gave various bizarre interviews up until his sobriety in 1997. In 1993, friends Johnny Depp and Gibby Haynes, a member of the Butthole Surfers, made the short documentary “Stuff,” a haunting video that gives insight into how much drugs were really ruling Frusciantes’ life. The video also features a cameo from the late Timothy Leary, a cool feature that makes it worth watching in itself.
Though it has never seemed like Frusciante was ever in the business for the money, an extremely rare feat in the music industry and a true indicator of a dedicated artist,
that he’s accrued through it all. Much less than his fellow band members Anthony and Flea, but nothing to scoff at.