The news that John Frusciante was returning to the Red Hot Chili Peppers fold after an absence of over a decade was met with a lot of excitement by many fans.
The guitarist ousted Josh Klinghoffer from his post, but as he said himself, “John and Flea have a musical language. I’ll never be able to contend with the history him and John had.”
Now, Frusciante has made their first appearance with the band in 13 years. He joined them (minus drummer Chad Smith, who was temporarily replaced by Stephen Perkins of Jane's Addiction) at a special memorial gig for filmmaker Andrew Burkle on Saturday.
They played a short three-songs set that included 'Give It Away', a cover of The Stooges' 'I Wanna Be Your Dog' and a cover of Gang of Four's 'Not Great Men'.
Frusciante also played a couple of songs with Dave Navarro.
Watch it below:
GIVE IT AWAY com John Frusciante pic.twitter.com/lf0MPDqfWY
— RHCP Brasil (@RHCPbr) February 9, 2020
Thank you to the Burkle family for including us in your celebration of Andrew. His passion for life was contagious & his spirit lives on through our work at @THF.
A good example of Andrew’s magnetism was on display when this all-star lineup came together to play Iggy Pop #acbrox pic.twitter.com/8F3WjGT8K7
— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) February 9, 2020
From Dave Navarro's Instagram pic.twitter.com/iT8DNzxPh5
— RHCP Live (@redhot_live) February 8, 2020