In 1989 John Frusciante joined Red Hot Chili Peppers as a nineteen year old ingenue replacing band co-founder Hillel Slovak after a heroin overdose led to his death. Frusciante played on Mother's Milk and the band's breakout success Blood Sugar Sex Magik before parting ways with the band due to his own drug-related complications. John completed some experimental solo recordings before kicking his horse habit and re-joining the peppers for their 1999 release Californication.
Frusciante has spent the last ten years recording with RHCP, and continuing to release self-named solo projects, and side projects under the name Ataxia. He has also played in studio on recordings by The Mars Volta, a band of youngsters trying to keep prog-rock alive for the next generation.
The nineteen year old guitar phenom reminds us all just how long ago 1989 was by turning thirty nine today. Here's John, Anthony, Flea and Chad from way back in '89 covering Stevie Wonder...
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