Red Hot Chili Peppers new album Unlimited love just came out a few days ago, and it was an important release for the band as it was their first with John Frusciante since 2006. Drummer Chad Smith described his musical connection to the guitarist, adding that he is the “best pure musician” he has ever known. play with.
Smith and Frusciante both first joined RHCP in 1988, hence their 1989 album Breastmilk was the first to feature the two musicians. Frusciante was 18 when he first joined the band, while Smith was 26. The drummer explained to Loudwire Nights host Toni Gonzalez that he always felt like a big brother to the guitarist.
“He’s a special, really special, and really sensitive, kind, incredibly creative person – probably the best pure musician I’ve ever played with in my life,” Frusciante praised. “When musicians connect on stage sometimes it’s just a look and a smile and a nod or something. We don’t throw ourselves at each other much, we just look at each other a little , and it’s that look of, ‘Yeah, we’re in it.'”
When the Chili Peppers were rehearsing for their April 1 show at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles – which, again, was their first performance with Frusciante since 2007 – the guitarist admitted to Smith that he had never played in a band where he felt so connected to another musician before.
“[Frusciante] was like, ‘My game is so tied to how you play. You helped me shape my way of playing guitar, because I only really played on your drums. And it never really crossed my mind like that. I was like, ‘God, I guess so.’ It’s such a special thing, a musical telepathy that can only happen when you have those years and those moments, and we played a lot of notes together,” Smith recalled of their conversation.
Tune into Loudwire Nights tonight at 7 p.m. ET to hear the full interview. Order your copy of Unlimited love hereand check out RHCP’s upcoming tour dates to see if they’re playing in a city near you.
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