Your Pussy’s Glued to a Building on Fire
My Smile Is A Rifle
Moist Vagina (Nirvana)
I found out about this show about a week before and made plans to be there. I have been a fan of John Frusciante since his inception into the Red Hot Chili Peppers. There was no better replacement for Hillel Slovak. I had not seen John play since late 1989 and was really excited to see him again after so long.
While waiting for him to come to the stage I was talking with some people and out of nowhere, it seemed, came his voice. It kind of reminded me of when RHCP were on Saturday Night Live and played â€œUnder The Bridgeâ€ and John’s voice was a little â€œoffâ€. As I walked around the corner into the hall and saw him standing there on stage I was in shock. I had not heard anything about him since he left the band. He looked pale, weak and sickly. Because there were only a few people in attendance I was able to walk right up to the stage. I got a better look and noticed his asterisk (RHCP) tattoo on his wrist was scarred and fading. His teeth looked almost non-existent. There was such sadness surrounding him. I can’t remember every song he played or in what order. It was a very short set, 30 minutes at best. I remember hearing â€œYour Pussy’s Glued to a Building on Fireâ€, â€œMy Smile is a Rifleâ€ and the Nirvana cover â€œMoist Vaginaâ€ (which I only found out the name recently). He didn’t address the audience once or say â€œThank Youâ€ after a song. His playing was a bit rough and his voice sounded like it hurt to sing. I felt so sad for him because I always thought he would turn out to be this fantastic guitar player. When he finished the last song he walked off the stage to very little applause. I think some people were a little annoyed by him.
After that night I made it a personal goal to â€œwillâ€ him back to health. I did as much web research as I could back then and in the Summer of ’98 I was reading a magazine and saw a tiny blurb about him re-joining RHCP. Since then he has recorded a plethora of new albums and has evolved so much as a musician. To me, each album sounds better (even different) than the one before. Now that he has left RHCP again I hope to be able to see more solo shows.
Although this performance in ’97 was certainly not the best, it wasn’t terrible. I feel like I needed to see it, and I feel privileged to be able to say I did.
– Lisa Kelly