Guitar player for the famous rock band
the "red hot chili peppers
". He joined the band
in 1989 after the death of guitarist Hilel Slovak. When he joined he was only 18 and he was already a huge Chili Peppers
fan, going to every single
concert they would play in the L.A area where the band
. He was to record
2 albums with
, "Mothers Milk" and multi million selling masterpiece, "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" before quitting in 1992 in the midst of a world tour. He decided to quit the band because
the "arena shows" they were
playing made him angry because
he felt the band
had lost what he liked about them
The years that
followed in his life were
very obscure due to a heavy drug addiction that
almost drove the young guitarst to his death. During this
time he recorded two solo albums
"ninandra lades & usually just a t-shirt" and "smile from
you hold". The sound
of these albums
is very dark and melancholic and for lack
of a better couple
of words "beeautifully weird".
his friends realized the shape that
John was in and convinced
him to get himself back into life
, clean and healthy. John checked himself into rehab and after a few months he rejoined the chili peppers
, who had just parted with
Navarro. in 1998 they went
into the studio
"Californication" which marked the comeback of the guitarists. This album
sold millions of records worldwide.
In 2000 he recorded his 3rd solo album
only water for ten days". This album
has a heavy enphasis on simple song structures. John recorded a video for every
track of this album
but he's said to have
for the video for the song "Going Inside" which was released on T.V. An internet album
for his fans followed soon.
In 2002 he recorded the album
"by the way" with
the chili peppers
and once again
was a major succes worldwide.
in 2004 he records a new solo album
called "Shaddows Collide with
People". This album
is extremely varied in structure
and theme. Songs range from
acustic folk tunes, to grunge inspired heavier pieces, to instrumental keyboard solos.
in 2004 John announces to his fans that
he will release 6 albums
in 6 months, an incredible task that
he said would rid his albums
of all the over production and focus more
on the songs rather than
the production of them
The albums were
"The will to death"
"A Sphere in the heart of silence"
"Automatic Writing" (Under the band
"Inside of emptiness"
All these albums
are hard to describe in terms of style because
they vary so much, a great example
of his genius for song writing.
In terms of guitar playing, it can be described as simple yet moving. No two albums
are the same for john as he is always
challenging himself in terms of his playing. His use of warm chords
and melodic phrasing have
as truly unique. His main strenght is on stage. There he is able to twist songs and add solos and vocal harmonies (he has one of the most beautiful, creative, and "in tune" voices in the rock world).
is truly an amazing guitar player. His ability to create music is undoutedly
of the highest
level. His guitar playing has placed him on top as one of the most inovative
and creative guitar players in the rock world today.