John Frusciante

John Anthony Frusciante (/frˈʃɑːnt/ (listen); born March 5, 1970) is an American musician and the guitarist of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. He has released 12 solo albums and seven EPs.

John Frusciante
Frusciante performing in 2006
Background information
Birth nameJohn Anthony Frusciante
Also known asTrickfinger
Born (1970-03-05) March 5, 1970 (age 51)
Queens, New York City, U.S.
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • producer
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1988–present
Associated acts

Frusciante joined the Chili Peppers at the age of 18 after the death of guitarist Hillel Slovak, and appeared on their album Mother's Milk (1989). His second album with the band, Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991), was their breakthrough success. Overwhelmed by their newfound popularity, Frusciante quit in 1992; he became a recluse and fell into drug addiction. In 1998, he completed drug rehabilitation and rejoined the band. Their albums Californication (1999), By the Way (2002) and Stadium Arcadium (2006) were major commercial successes. He left the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2009 to focus on solo work, and rejoined in 2019.

Frusciante's solo work encompasses genres including experimental rock, ambient music and electronica. He released his first solo albums, Niandra LaDes and Usually Just a T-Shirt (1994) and Smile from the Streets You Hold (1997) during a period of drug addiction. He released six albums in 2004, each exploring different genres and recording techniques. In 2009, Frusciante released The Empyrean, which features Chili Peppers bassist Flea and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. Frusciante also releases acid house under the alias Trickfinger. With Klinghoffer and Joe Lally, he has released two albums as Ataxia. He has also worked with acts including the Mars Volta, Duran Duran, Wu-Tang Clan, Swahili Blonde, Black Knights, the Bicycle Thief, Glenn Hughes, Ziggy Marley, Johnny Cash, George Clinton, Johnny Marr, and Dewa Budjana.

Frusciante was named one of the greatest guitarists by Rolling Stone and Gibson, and in a BBC poll. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2012.