As many now know, it was announced last night that John Frusciante will be making a guest appearance on the next Duran Duran album. News had initially been leaked early Monday morning (US time) through Guitar Magazine. At that time, the news was largely dismissed as rumor, given that Duran Duran management (or as we lovingly refer to them – DDHQ) had not confirmed.
Let me kindly repost the statement, copied directly from Duranduran.com:
“April 23rd, 2014
We were holding this exciting news because we were hoping to give you full details when we announced, but as word has leaked out, catching us rather off guard, we wanted to confirm… yes it’s true, the extraordinarily talented John Frusciante has indeed been doing some work from his home base in California on our new album. The tracks have been going back and forth via the internet, and we are thrilled with the results. We are all such big fans of John’s work and are honoured to have him adding his magic to the record! There are no current plans for John to tour with us, but his guitars sound incredible on the tracks.
Hoping to have more news for you soon.
– Simon, John, Nick & Roger”
Naturally, that news took many of us…many of us who are fans and supporters of Dom Brown, by surprise. Would he appear on the album at all? Would Dom tour with the band? Thankfully, while I was in the midst of a book signing in LA (another blog, another time), @durantigger dared to ask the question to DDHQ and they responded quickly saying that Dom would appear on the album…and from what I know, he will also be touring.
When news of John Frusciante guesting on the album first broke, I took to Spotify to really listen to his work. I know the music of the Red Hot Chili Peppers , but had I really listened to the guitar enough to draw any sort of conclusion? Probably not. Then I listened to John’s solo work from Enclosure, a very recently released album. It is incredibly different from his work in Red Hot Chili Peppers. Truly, the styling could not be more different. Clearly he is a very talented and versatile guitarist, but whether or not his work will properly mesh with that of the band is yet to be heard (by fans). It is clear that most fans are thrilled with the news, with very few dissenting opinions.
As I type this, I know what many of our readers are waiting to read. They’re hoping for some drama, some reaction from me on a personal level. The fact is, I can’t comment or react to something I haven’t heard. I won’t comment on their choice to work with someone in addition to Dom Brown, because truthfully, it is not my band. I’m just a listener. I don’t have any idea what the band is thinking. I never do. I know that I’m ready for some new music, and I’m hoping that at some point before I lose my hearing to old age, we’ll get some. I know that the band threw out a years worth of material to start anew here, and that it’s all part of the creative process. I also know that before this process ends for them, it is entirely possible that they change their minds again and start over. You never know, and I’m just not going to react to something until I’ve heard it. And then…you’ll get my opinion on whether or not this worked.