Late last night local time, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have been induced to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, together with Faces/Small Faces, Guns N’ Roses, late Laura Nyro, Beastie Boys and others.
The band gave a short speech for the press, accompanied by their former drummers Jack Irons and Cliff Martinez; and later on they performed Higher Ground with Billie Joe Armstrong, Slash, George Clinton and Ronnie Wood joining them.
Just like Chad Smith said earlier, John was not present, but his band mates took their time to honour him and thank him for everything he’s done for them during his two stints with the band.
Flea said: “I want to take a minute to honour the great musician John Frusciante who was a huge part of our band, he wrote so much great shit for us and he left us with so many amazing gifts and the connection and depth of our bond musically, changed my life forever.”
Previously, in media reports leading up to this event, Flea said that he cannot speak for John, but that it’s “kind of an ex-girlfriend vibe”.
Anthony Kiedis – whose ‘dream about seeing John Frusciante in the front row at the ceremony, which is not going to happen’ was quoted by AP and many other news outlets earlier this week – followed up with: “He was a mind blowing young man, very much a student of the school of Hillel Slovak among many other art forms and musicians, and his creative spirit drove us to new heights. He was on fire, and he’s just one of the most amazing artists on earth and we were lucky to have him in this band twice and write music with him. We’re very grateful to you, John Frusciante.”
*Many thanks to Rhys, Anne and James for transcription.