Trickfinger? Yes he is. Happy b-day, John Frusciante!

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John Anthony Frusciante turned 48 today. This American guitarist, singer, producer and composer is widely considered as one of the most recognisable guitarists in modern rock music.

Truth be told, Frusciante is most famous for his work with the band Red Hot Chili Peppers, but the list of bands and musicians he has worked with is absolutely impressive. The Mars Volta, Omar Rodríguez-López, Wu-Tang Clan, Black Knights, Fugazi, Duran Duran, Glenn Hughes, Ziggy Marley, Johnny Cash, George Clinton, Johnny Marr… The list goes on.

Oh, and did I mention that he recorded ten solo albums? Ten. And then one more as his alter-ego, Trickfinger.

One more thing. He didn’t rely on the Red Hot Chili Peppers sound in his solo work. He did his own thing, and he did it great. Speaking of Red Hot Chili Peppers, he recorded five albums with this band -Mother’s Milk, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Californication, By the Way, and Stadium Arcadium, and man, you can hear his impact on each and every one of them.

He left Peppers in 2009 and even the new RHCP guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer, is Frusciante’s good friend and longtime collaborator.

In his own words, he decided to quit the band when, on a halfway through the 2007 Stadium Arcadium tour, Flea approached him and told him that he wanted a two-year break after the tour: “What would I do with that two years if I had two years to just do whatever I wanted? And by about four months later I was so excited about quitting the band I didn’t even want it to be a two-year thing anymore. I just knew that I didn’t ever want to be in the band again, you know,” John explained in a 2013 interview.

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Next solo album, or another great collaboration. I can’t wait to see what it will be. Best of luck, Trickfinger.

In the meantime, let’s listen to his latest solo album conveniently named “Trickfinger II.” Not very rock-like, indeed – but no less special!

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