John Frusciante Was Digitally Removed From Red Hot Chili Peppers 1992 Rolling Stone Cover Photo

At the height of their fame, Red Hot Chili Peppers graced the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine for the first time on the June 25, 1992 issue. Famous for sometimes performing naked with only socks covering their private parts, it is not too shocking that Chad Smith, Flea and Anthony Kiedis are completely naked on the magazine cover.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Rolling Stone Magazine Cover 1992

At the time the really shocking thing about the photo was that guitarist John Frusciante was not on the cover.  The reason behind the digital removal was that Frusciante left RHCP on May 7, 1992 and therefore had to be deleted.

Here is the same photo taken by Mark Seliger with Frusciante in it…

John Frusciante Removed from Red Hot Chili Peppers Rolling Stone Magazine Cover June 25, 1992

photo credit: Mark Seliger

Here’s another photo of the band from the same session.

Red Hot Chili Peppers 1992 Naked Rolling Stone Magazine Cover

It sucks when bands do this kind of stuff.  In this case it was there was a good reason for the removal.  Click the photo or link below to see when The Rolling Stones changed history by removing Bill Wyman from this “Rarities” album cover  in 2005.

The Rolling Stones Bill Wyman Removed Photoshop Rarities Album Cover

The Rolling Stones Digitally Removed Bill Wyman From “Rarities” Album Cover Photo

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