Comebacks and Bigger Games

Posted by Jacinta Hin on June 10, 2007

This week I saw the legendary band the Red Hot Chili Peppers play in Tokyo’s largest stadium.

It had been a while since I was at a sold-out mega concert. The moment I entered the premises I was in for an amazing experience.

The band was superb, the massiveness mesmerizing, but what fascinated me most was the thrilling alignment between the music, the band and the crowd. Energy of some 40,000 people meeting for a big splash.

Before the concert I hardly knew the band. I sometimes wonder where I’ve been since I arrived in Japan in the late 80s. Rock is what I enjoy to listen to most, but I seem to have missed a decade and half of my preferred music genre.

The day after the concert my friend Richard educated me on the band’s history and especially the story of lead guitarist John Frusciante who left the band at its popularity peak, coincidentally during their 1992 Japan tour. With his departure the band lost its groove and it was not until his return in 1999 that they got it back with the hit album Californication.

The concert inspired me in two ways. We can always come back and we can always play a bigger game.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have been back for a while, and they are certainly playing their bigger game.

But the real inspiration comes from the story of John Frusciante, who I guess left he band to find himself and almost died in the process. Apart from the fact that he is a guitar wizard and a very wise and spiritual person, his story shows me how endlessly capable of experience and expansion we human beings are.

I have returned to the music that I love, that always makes me feel alive and gets me going.

And over the past few days, while listening to the RHCP and other catch-up albums that R kindly installed on my computer, I have been preparing for my bigger game. I was ready for it and the concert turned out to be my kick-off party.

Note: for a fascinating documentary made during his so-called “down” period watch the John Frusciante Interview (1994) on google video.


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  1. Austin Parry June 14, 2007 12:48 am

    Great article Jacinta, even greater awarenesses expressed.
    It is incredible that we get so tunnel vision in our focus that it takes something of gigantic proportion to shake us and help us realign our purpose.
    Not sure I do Red Hor Chilli Peppers in any form but whatever the vehicle great that you were able to have that mind blowing experience.
    Puts you in an even better position to help others.

    austin at

  2. September 14, 2007 7:03 pm

    John Frusciante is arguably the most inspirational true story in rock about how a musical genius came back,practically from the dead,due to drug addiction and resurrected his former band to scale new creative,musical heights,critical acclaim,huge commercial success and popularity that they could never have imagined or even planned for.The fact that he was a drug addict who overdosed several times and decided to give it up to see what life would be like and as a result,totally transformed the fortunes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers,is something that is unprecedented in rock history.
    The other aspect about John Frusciante was that he was never interested in commercial success or publicity.This guy is a genuine muscial artist.

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