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John Frusciante plays with Red Hot Chili Peppers for first time in 13 years: Watch

on February 09, 2020, 12:32pm

John Frusciante played with Red Hot Chili Peppers for the first time in 13 years during a memorial concert honoring filmmaker Andrew Burkle on Saturday.

Singer Anthony Kiedis, bassist Flea, and guitarist Frusciante played a brief three-song set consisting of their own hit “Give It Away” alongside covers of The Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog” and Gang of Four’s “Not Great Men”. The latter came in tribute to Gang of Four guitarist Andy Gill, who produced Chili Peppers’ first studio album. Gill passed away last week at the age of 64.

Stephen Perkins of Jane’s Addiction played drums for Chili Peppers, as Chad Smith was absent for the performance. Frusciante also stuck around on stage to join Jane’s Addiction’s Dave Navarro for a few songs.

Watch fan-captured footage of the reunion below.

Earlier this year, Chili Peppers announced that Frusciante would be rejoining the band after more than a decade away. (Guitarist Josh Kinghoffer was subsequently dismissed from the band, a decision which he described as a “pretty simple” one.)

Chili Peppers’ first proper concerts with Frusciante in tow will come in May when the band headlines a trio of festivals, specifically: the Gulf Shores’ HangoutBoston Calling, and BottleRock in Napa Valley. The band is also known to be working on a new album. Get tickets to their upcoming dates here.

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