RHCP Guitar Carousel: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, and There For Tomorrow


Spinal Tap had the never-ending drummer replacement theme.  Well, life imitates art.  The Red Hot Chili Peppers continued the pattern when it came to their lead guitarist revolving door.  They began with Hillel Slovak (heroin OD in 1988), P-Funk’s Dwayne McKnight (temp), John Frusciante (5 big CDs), Arik Marshall (tour replacement), can’t forget Dave Navarro’s years (from Jane’s Addiction), then back to Frusciante after rehab, now Josh Klinghoffer is the current lead guitarist.   John Frusciante was the best of the bunch, watch after the 5 minute intro the blistering, amazing solo by John.


Green Day has been criticized for being too pop for punk.  They’re “not hardcore” and “too commercial”.   Yet, I’d argue that Green Day introduced a lot of people to punk music. After listening and reading about Green Day’s history,  fans dug deeper and learned about bands like Black Flag, Bad Brains, Henry Rollins, Bad Religion, and so many more punk bands that never received the same commercial acclaim.   “Brain Stew/Jaded” is from 1995’s Insomniac CD.  The dual songs became a favorite medley at concerts.   

My favorite song by Orlando’s pop punk band, There For Tomorrow.    Like most bands of the genre, the Vans Warped Tour has been critical to their success.   TFT has been on three Warped Tours.  “Remember When” has a great lyric:  “The door was always open but not enough to let me in.  My eyes are wide awake and I can see you clearly, but you don’t stand out a bit. “