John Frusciante and Duran Duran – a Red Hot Match up??

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

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.



6 thoughts on “John Frusciante and Duran Duran – a Red Hot Match up??”

  1. OK – as long as Dom is still involved then I may be able to breathe a sigh of relief. Still SO many unanswered questions. Could this album turn out to be another boost for them like The Wedding Album when they did it all on their own? I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

      1. Rhonda – I’m trying to hold on to your optimism as well…but it’s been really difficult for me this time for some reason (and I don’t know why that is). 🙂

        1. I have my moments, trust me. That said, I think the band does as well, and it’s normal. This time around, we’ve gotten very little in the way of actual information, and I think that is likely because the material wasn’t quite jelled enough for the band to feel like they were really ready to share much. Perhaps now they’re feeling more confident or whatever they need to feel in order to get this album finished, and we’ll hear more about what they’ve been working on. One can only hope. 🙂 -R

  2. On the press release the 4 men read particularly thrilled to have John F with them: why didn’t they notice his guitars before?
    My mistake as a female fan is to feel attraction and affection for the guitarists time by time playing in the line up (I paid my dues) and as a Duranie, to still conceive this band as “guitar-centric”, which is NOT the case.
    Andy’s and Warren’s fans might be “jealous” so to speak, at the fact they keep Dom and John F. apparently playing “side by side” on the same album.

    1. Well, I agree – this band is not at all guitar-centric. It is more likely the opposite…to a fault, IMO. I know many fans think that it doesn’t matter who plays guitar on the album because they’re not permanent and don’t matter for the long run…there’s an overwhelming attitude of the guitar being unimportant. I tend to disagree, but I can certainly see why the fans feel that way because the band, whether by circumstance or design, has seemed to treat their guitar players that way over the years – as though they are disposable. It is honestly the one thing about the band that I really do dislike – whether we’re discussing Andy, Warren or Dom.

      As for Dom and John F. playing on the album together – I really don’t know if that was intentional by the band or if it ended that way by happenstance, but I’m glad that Dom is still there. I can only hope that the band agrees for the long term. -R

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