John Frusciante nearly abandoned his Eddie Van Halen-inspired guitar solo: “Doing that solo was a mind f**k”

John Frusciante performing live
(Image credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

It’s been a hectic few years for John Frusciante, whose much-hyped return to Red Hot Chili Peppers involved writing and recording a whopping 48 songs, and releasing two full-length studio albums – Unlimited Love and Return of the Dream Canteen.

Despite the abundance of Hendrixian guitar work and trademark Frusciante fretboard workouts we’ve been treated to this year, one song in particular stands out as a highlight of RHCP’s 2022 repertoire: their emotive Eddie Van Halen tribute track, Eddie.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.