The Red Hot Chili Peppers reunited with former guitarist John Frusciante onstage last Saturday (Feb. 8) and performed together for the first time in almost 13 years.
The Tony Hawk Foundation organized a star-studed lineup featuring RHCP and Jane's Addiction (featuring former RHCP guitarist Dave Navarro) for Andrew Burkle's private memorial in LA over the weekend. The aspiring film producer and son of billionaire investor Ronald Burkle died at 27 last month, according to People who confirmed the news first.
"Because of [Andrew Burkle], @tonyhawkfoundation had landmark fundraising events in Beverly Hills for 10 years in a row and I am forever grateful for his support in our mission," the foundation's president Tony Hawk wrote on Instagram yesterday (Feb. 9) along with videos of the performances. "A perfect example of Andrew's magnetism was displayed this afternoon when this all-star lineup came together to perform Iggy Pop and Gang of Four (and RHCP) songs in his honor."
Frusciante joined lead vocalist Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea for the memorial concert, playing their 1992 hit "Give It Away" from their seminal No. 3 Billboard 200 album Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Gang of Four’s "Not Great Men" and The Stooges’ "I Wanna Be Your Dog." It's the first time he's hit the stage with his old bandmates since 2007 when they wrapped their Stadium Arcadium Tour in late August at the Leeds Festival in England, according to Rolling Stone.
Both acts spotted each other with bandmates, as Jane's Addiction's Stephen Perkins stepped in for RHCP's Chad Smith on the drums and Frusciante jumped on Jane's Addiction's live rendition of their 1988 signature single "Mountain Song."
RHCP announced Frusciante was back in the band yet again in December to replace Josh Klinghoffer, who had been the lead guitarist for the last decade. Frusciante recorded and performed with RHCP during the band's crucial moments over the last few decades, from 1988 to 1992 and then from 1998 to 2009.
Watch Frusciante jam out with his recently reunited RHCP mates below.
Today we celebrated the life of Andrew Burkle. He was a beloved son, friend and brother to the lucky ones that surrounded him. Because of him, @tonyhawkfoundation had landmark fundraising events in Beverly Hills for 10 years in a row and I am forever grateful for his support in our mission. Thank you to the Burkle family for including us in your celebration of Andrew. His passion for life was contagious, and his spirit lives on through our work. A perfect example of Andrew’s magnetism was displayed this afternoon when this all-star lineup came together to perform Iggy Pop and Gang Of Four (and RHCP) songs in his honor. Thank you Andrew, we will miss you beyond words. #acbrox