JOHN FRUSCIANTE TIMELINE 1992-1998
This is a timeline of John's whereabouts and musical endeavours during his infamous and reclusive period from mid-1992 to 1998. In no way are we trying to glorify or romanticise John's mental illness or drug use. This is merely an attempt at clearing up a foggy period of a great man's life.
Sources, where available, are in [parentheses].
September 4 - John does heroin for the first time at Jane’s Addiction final ever show in California. However, this show was a benefit, and not a proper Jane’s show, and so he could be referring to this show. [Whores: An Oral Biography of Jane's Addiction and Perry Farrell]
April 19 - Robert Hayes, an old friend that he planned on making music with after the RHCP, dies in a car accident in Alabama.
May 7 - quits the Red Hot Chili Peppers while on tour in Japan.
June - records the track Running Away Into You, later released on Niandra LaDes.
July - visits with the RHCP as they play the Lollapalooza festival in San Francisco [source]
Summer - visits the studio where Flea is recording with Mick Jagger, does his best to avoid Anthony [SPIN Magazine, May 1993]
By summer, is depressed and addicted to heroin.
Later in the year - tries to join Meat Puppets in Arizona [Cris Kirkwood podcast with Bob Forrest, May 2015]
Late 1992 or early 1993 - "Stuff" filmed by Johnny Depp and Gibby Haynes. Watch here.
October 31 - plays live at Viper Room with Flea in attendance - only gets through one song before throwing up on stage and quitting. River Phoenix dies at the club the same night; was with John earlier.
Later in the year - electrical fire in the house on Hollywood Boulevard. The day after, he moves to a rented house in New York with Toni Oswald, occasionally coming back to LA and staying at the Chateau Marmont as his house is being rebuilt [Toni the Real Girl interview, September 2013]
While he’s away, his guitars are stolen.
December - is staying in New York [Niandra LaDes press kit]
At some point late in 1993 or early 1994 is back at 8505 Hollywood Blvd., However, in April - he's staying in Venice Beach [VPRO Interview]
Later in the year, is filmed playing guitar, seen at the end of the Life's A Bath video.
November 22 - Niandra LaDes & Usually Just A T-Shirt released on CD and cassette.
At some point, breaks up with Toni Oswald; has a house in Silverlake at some point [Toni the Real Girl interview, September 2013]
November 18 - plays live at Hollywood Moguls, Flea and Dave Navarro in attendance. Recording here.
December - checks into Exodus after urging from friends - Anthony visits him there. [Scar Tissue]
John later says he didn’t really want to quit drugs at the time, so possibly only did it for health reasons [An afternoon with John Frusciante interview, 2001]
Late in the year: is filmed taking heroin at his Hollywood Boulevard address for the Life's A Bath video. That footage and the footage from 1994 is then combined, but the video was never officially released.
At some point in 1996, records More, Estress and I Can't See Until I See Your Eyes, later released on Smile From The Streets You Hold.
Throughout 1996 John and Martyn Le Noble live together.
February: Almost dies of a blood infection. Cleans up for a few months. [Phoenix New Times, December 1996]
February or March: Possibly alluded to by Flea in this magazine article as having reluctantly agreed to check into rehab, "near death," which ties into the above.
Throughout the year is homeless, living in Toni Oswald's car, as also mentioned in the Greatest Hits liner notes.
August: House at 8505 Hollywood Boulevard is foreclosed.
October: visits Ozzfest with Toni Oswald in Devore, CA.
Late 1996 - living at the Chateau Marmont hotel. Does an interview with Phoenix New Times in very poor health. Later kicked out of more hotel rooms, then possibly homeless.
Late 1996 - supposedly kicks heroin [Guitar Player interview, November 1997]
At some point in early 1997 breaks up with Toni Oswald and moves in with Meg Holliday in a house in Beachwood Canyon, LA. He lies about the extent of his drug use to her. [Paparazzi Porn blog -- link down]
Early in the year has his teeth replaced [Guitar Player interview, November 1997]
January 3 - plays live in LA with Thelonious Monster, meets Josh Kinghoffer for the first time [Josh Mail, January 2017]
January 20 - plays disastrous show at the Viper Room, recording here. Anthony, Chad and Flea are present. Review here and here.
February 1 - as a result of news from the Viper Room show, RHCP fans rally together to support John.
February 6 - plays live at Small's, LA, with Bob Forrest. Recording here / article here.
February 26 - buys Gibson Acoustic / Fender Jaguar from "Guitars-R-Us" in LA. Five years later said it was a Christmas present to himself, but he must have gotten his dates mixed up, or it was a late present
March - jams with Flea and Thelonius Monster at The Whiskey in LA.
March 28 - plays live at Hollywood Moguls, LA. Recording here.
April through May - plays throughout the US with the Nuttstalk Tour. Was supposedly newly sober. Recordings available for April ?, April 26, April 28, May 8, May 13, May 24, June 8.
July - Blaring Out interview - John seems wired on what is probably coke. Watch here.
August - interview with Bikini Magazine - avoids drug question, however...
August 26 - Smile From The Streets You Hold released... purely for drug money. [Guitar One, August 1999]
Later in the year - recording session at Jimmy Boyle’s studio. Unreleased.
November 22: John and AK meet and talk at a Jane’s Addiction show; John is high at the time, but their interaction is later a catalyst for his rejoining the RHCP [Rock Sound, July 1999]
January - enters Las Encinas after mental health issues or possibly (though not confirmed) a suicide attempt. Finally clean. [MTV Article - May 1998, Kerrang! interview, March 2001]
February - leaves hospital, rents apartment in Silverlake
April 18 - rejoins the Red Hot Chili Peppers after a few weeks of discussions.