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Ongoing History Daily: John Frusciante and the occult

John Frusciante has been in and out as the guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers a couple of times. He’s back again, but back in 2009 (which was the last time he quit the band), there was an interesting reason for him leaving. John says he was very burned out after the long tours behind the Stadium Arcadium album, something that (for some reason) prompted him to get deep into the occult.

He says it was a way of escaping the pressures and routines of touring. But he also says the deeper he got, the more unbalanced his life became. However, once had had a chance to step away from the Chili Peppers and decompress, that balance returned.

We can maybe assume that since he’s returned to the fold, he’s left a lot of those occult practices behind.

Friday’s post was the cautionary tale of Tool and April Fool’s.

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