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Anthony Kiedis: John Frusciante was one of the easiest people to make music with

Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis says he channelled sadness into songs with the help of former guitarist John Frusciante

Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis says his former bandmate John Frusciante was one of the easiest people to make music with.

Frusciante joined the band in 1988 and appeared on albums Mother's Milk and Blood Sugar Sex Magik before he left in 1992. He returned in 1999 before the release of Californication and remained in the band until his departure in 2009. He's now producing his own projects – and released a digital archive of music he produced last year.

Kiedis admits he misses the guitarist and describes him as a "very special person."

The singer tells La Voila: "My experience with John was one of the most wonderful and easiest people to make music with. We could sit down on the floor, John and I, and I could take out a piece of paper, and I would say, ‘Okay, I wrote these words.’

"And he would say, ’Let me see those words,’ and he would take take the words, he would read them, and he’s like, ‘Okay.’ He would start to play something, I would start to sing it, and I would say, ‘Can you play something that feels like this?’ And he would say, ‘Okay, let me try this.’ Then we would have a song."

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He adds: “Never did I meet someone who was so easy to write songs with, and really good songs. If I call him up and say, 'I'm very sad today,' he would be like, 'Come over right now – we're writing a song.'

"So I bring my sadness to John and he's like, 'Sit down, get the notebook, start writing your feelings.'"

Kiedis adds: "I miss him, but I also accept the separate lives – but I miss him."

Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently touring in support of 11th album The Getaway.

Tour Dates

Date Venue Location
Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 7:00PM Park Live Moscow, Russian Federation
Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 12:00PM T in the Park 2016 Auchterarder, United Kingdom
Friday, July 15, 2016 at 7:00PM Ottawa Blues Festival Ottawa, Canada
Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 7:00PM Festival d'ete de Quebec Quebec, Canada
Friday, July 22, 2016 at 7:00PM Valley Rock Festival 여주군, South Korea
Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 7:00PM Fuji Rock Festival Mukawa, Japan
Friday, July 29, 2016 at 1:00PM Osheaga Festival Montreal, Canada
Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 1:00PM Lollapalooza Music Festival Chicago, United States
Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 7:00PM Tennant's Vital Belfast, United Kingdom
Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 7:00PM Reading Festival Reading, United Kingdom
Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 7:00PM Leeds Festival Leeds, United Kingdom
Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 7:00PM Papp László Budapest Sportaréna Budapest, Hungary
Friday, September 2, 2016 at 7:00PM Papp László Budapest Sportaréna Budapest, Hungary
Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 7:00PM O2 arena Prague, Czech Republic
Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 7:00PM Telenor Arena, Oslo Oslo, Norway
Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 7:30PM Tele2 Arena Stockholm, Sweden
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 7:00PM Hartwall Arena Helsinki, Finland
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 7:00PM Hartwall Arena Helsinki, Finland
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 7:30PM Barclaycard Center Belmonte De Tajo, Spain
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 9:30PM Barclaycard Center Belmonte De Tajo, Spain
Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 9:30PM Palau Sant Jordi Barcelona, Spain
Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 9:30PM Palau Sant Jordi Barcelona, Spain
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 8:00PM Hallenstadion Zurich, Switzerland
Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 8:00PM Hallenstadion Zurich, Switzerland
Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 7:00PM Unipol Arena Casalecchio Di Reno, Italy
Monday, October 10, 2016 at 7:00PM Pala Alpitour Turin To, Italy
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 7:00PM Pala Alpitour Turin To, Italy
Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 8:00PM Parks and Suites Arena Montpellier, France
Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 8:00PM Accorhotels Arena Paris, France
Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 8:00PM Accorhotels Arena Paris, France
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 8:00PM Accorhotels Arena Paris, France
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 8:00PM Olympiahalle Munich, Germany
Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 8:00PM Mercedes-Benz Arena Berlin, Germany
Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 7:00PM Sportpaleis Antwerp, Belgium
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 8:00PM Ziggo Dome Amsterdam-Zuidoost, Netherlands
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 7:00PM Ziggo Dome Amsterdam-Zuidoost, Netherlands
Friday, November 11, 2016 at 7:00PM Rockhal Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
Monday, November 14, 2016 at 8:00PM Lanxess Arena Cologne, Germany
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 8:00PM Jyske Bank Boxen Herning, Denmark
Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 8:00PM TUI Arena Hannover, Germany
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 6:00PM Festhalle Frankfurt, Germany
Monday, November 21, 2016 at 7:00PM Stadthalle Bezirk-Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus, Austria

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