In 1998, he successfully completed drug rehabilitation and rejoined the Red Hot Chili Peppers.Their next album, Californication (1999) would eventually go on to sell 16 million copies.
The group's follow-up album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991), was a breakthrough success.However, Frusciante was not familiar with the funk genre of Red Hot Chili Peppers' sound: "I wasn't really a funk player before I joined the band.I learned everything I needed to know about how to sound good with Flea by studying Hillel [Slovak's] playing and I just took it sideways from there." Soon after, Chad Smith was added as the group's new drummer and the new lineup began recording their first album, 1989's Mother's Milk.He is best known as the former guitarist of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, from 1988 until 1992, and again from 1998 until 2009. Frusciante has an active solo career, having released eleven solo albums and five EPs; his recordings include elements ranging from experimental rock and ambient music to new wave and electronica.In 2015, Frusciante released his debut acid house album under his alias, Trickfinger.His father, John Sr., is a Juilliard-trained pianist, and his mother Gail was a promising vocalist who gave up her career to be a stay-at-home mother. At nine he was infatuated with the Germs, wearing out several copies of their record (GI).Like many young people in the area, he became intimately involved in the L. By ten, he had taught himself how to play most of (GI)'s songs.When Flea called Frusciante with the news of his acceptance into the Chili Peppers, Frusciante was elated; he ran through his house screaming with joy, and jumped on a wall, leaving permanent boot marks.He was considering a contract with Thelonious Monster at the time—and had actually been playing with the act for two weeks—but his unanticipated reception into the Chili Peppers prompted him to change his plans.In 2009, Frusciante released The Empyrean, which features Flea and Josh Klinghoffer, and announced he had again parted ways with the Chili Peppers.Frusciante has received critical recognition for his guitar playing, ranking at number 18 on Rolling Stone Frusciante was born in Queens, New York, on March 5, 1970.