At the end of last year, John Frusciante announced his return to the Red Hot Chili Peppers lineup after a decade-plus absence. Frusciante officially left the group in 2009, though he hadn’t performed with the group live since the 2007 Stadium Arcadium tour. But Frusciante joined RHCP on stage for the first time in almost 13 years on Saturday for a performance at the Tony Hawk Foundation’s memorial for Andrew Burkle. It wasn’t a full RHCP reunion, though: drummer Chad Smith wasn’t there, Stephen Perkins replaced him.
As Rolling Stone reports, the band did a brief set that included their own “Give It Away,” a cover of the Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” and a cover of Gang Of Four’s “Not Great Men” in honor of the late Andy Gill.
In an Instagram post last week, Flea said he had recently been in contact with Gill — who produced RHCP’s 1984 debut album — about recording a track for a Gang Of Four tribute album. He recorded it with Frusciante and the Silverlake Conservatory Of Music youth choir.
Watch Frusciante join RHCP below.
Thank you to the Burkle family for including us in your celebration of Andrew. His passion for life was contagious & his spirit lives on through our work at @THF.
A good example of Andrew’s magnetism was on display when this all-star lineup came together to play Iggy Pop #acbrox pic.twitter.com/8F3WjGT8K7
— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) February 9, 2020
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Andy Gill, one of my favorite guitar players of all time has left us. Go listen to the Gang of Four album ENTERTAINMENT right now. Turn that shit up loud and rock the fuck out. Dance. Think. Thats a record that changed my life forever, and was massively influential on my development as a musician, and showed me what a rock band could be. There is nothing else like it. It cut a fucking hole right the thick LA smog that I wanted to jump through. After not being in touch for many years, Andy and I had spoken recently, and communicated a lot of over the last several months. I am shocked. Andy was one of my heroes, a man who inspired the shit out of Hillel, Anthony and I as youngsters; I was thrilled beyond belief when he agreed to produce our first album. May his beautiful soul be in bliss with the divine, I love you Andy.
Frusciante also joined Dave Navarro to play a Jane’s Addiction song at the same event: