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The Time John Frusciante Sabotaged Things for the RHCP on SNL

This performance is from February 22, 1992, a time when John was seriously thinking of quitting the band.  He’d be gone within a few months.  Meanwhile, there were situations like this.  How did the rest of the band stop themselves from beating him senseless on live TV?  Cringe-inducing.

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2 thoughts on “The Time John Frusciante Sabotaged Things for the RHCP on SNL

  • Not sure how this different than any other performance of theirs from that era. I saw them on the Blood Sugar tour. Pretty sloppy, lots of songs played a lot differently than the versions we know. Weirdness included. I dig it.

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  • That bit of yelling? Naw… Meshed well with one of Anthony’s off-key moments I thought. They were a much tighter band when he returned. Sometimes it is just time to go…

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