John Frusciante Intentionally Sabotages Red Hot Chili Peppers “Under The Bridge” Live on SNL

After the release of “Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magic”, John Frusciante began to develop a dislike for popularity of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He would become distant on stage and resented the hit song “Under The Bridge” so much that he would play long intros, play in different notes and octaves and tried to purposefully throw Anthony Kiedis off while singing.

The most famous incident of Frusiante sabotaging “Under The Bridge” was during a live televised performance on Saturday Night Live on February 22, 1992.

Kiedis said,

“It felt like I was getting stabbed in the back and hung out to dry in front of all of America while Frusciante was off in a corner in the shadow, playing some dissonant out-of-tune experiment.”

Frusciante used a guitar distortion pedal for the ending verse and screamed his harmony vocals into the microphone both of which weren’t typical in live performances of “Under The Bridge.”  Looking back on the incident, Frusciante was probably pissed that Kiedis intentionally kicked him in the back of the knee during the first song they performed on SNL that night “Stone Cold Bush“.

Anthony Kiedis Kicking John Frusciante SNL Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers Saturday Night Live Anthony Kiedis Kicking John Frusciante

The intentional kick that Kiedis never mentioned happens at around the 3:25 mark.

A few months later, John Frusciante left the Red Hot Chili Peppers after concert at Tokyo’s Club Quattro on May 7, 1992.  Which prompted Rolling Stone Magazine to digitally remove him from the bands cover photo.  Click photo of link below to read about that story.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Rolling Stone Magazine Cover 1992

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


  1. Eduardo says:

    Haha just like stuff Kurt would do, except krist and dave wouldn't mind.

    1. wokkawokka says:

      What's wrong with making something more fun?

  2. chris says:

    glad to hear im not the only one who thinks that song sucks!!!!!!!!

  3. Dane says:

    Franky this is why i love John.

  4. Dawn says:

    it may not be the best song ever written, but it was written from A.K.'s heart about a very personally trying time in his life. I can understand why he felt betrayed when John sabotaged the song. I also think it's commendable and very professional the way the rest of the band kept it together and did their best to compensate.

  5. Will says:

    I hate when artists bitch about songs they made. If you hate the song so much, why the fuck did you make it? If it got popular and you bitch about it, you're just a little bitch. As a musician, I completely disrespect this attitude towards music, I don't give a shit how good you are. You may be a good guitar player, but your also a shitty musician. Learn to really play John and stop complaining about music you wrote, you fuckin hypocrite.

    1. johnboyd says:

      music is about expressing your feelings and emotions. this video shows music at it's best. besides that, if i wanted to hear the original version i would just listen to the cd instead of watching them live.

    2. murfdog19 says:

      John did not hate Under The Bridge, he hated that it was the only song they played for television performances. Besides, if you think John Frusciante is a shitty musician, you should learn a thing or two. He is one of the best and most prolific artists of our time.

  6. Diego says:

    Why are people praising him…such a douche move. Fucked the song up, it sounded like shit.

  7. jnm says:

    Both sides are totally understandable, and kiedis doesn't hold a grudge, or at least he doesn't say he still does in Scar Tissue, which is a great book.

    1. the Wabbynator says:

      scar tissue is not a book…

      1. Niiiiiiick says:

        Scar Tissue is a biography that Kiedis wrote.
        You just made an ass of yourself. haha

        1. jkeff says:

          biographies are typically books.

          1. Jbigs says:

            It's ok, he's never read one.

  8. Sheeny says:

    I like how everyone is saying the only one of them that thought it was a good idea to wear a shirt on national tv is an asshole

    1. rteh says:

      it was to cover up the track marks

  9. eloso says:

    I think thats bullshit cuz… everyone in the band is very creative… if one of them start to improvise… the other just follow… and if you listen well, the end of every riff, was the same of the original version.

    1. dr. fantastic says:

      it still sounded like shit

  10. Anonymous says:

    At least they're wearing more than just a sock this time.

  11. Guest says:

    That's not sabotage, he's making cock ups! He fluffed his chord twice playing a song he was probably playing for the millionth time, and the end part benefits from the dirty guitar! Keidis would have loved this and described it as art if that was Hillel Slovak on guitar….

  12. rob zen says:

    Sabotage? Or Awesome-tage?

  13. Chuck says:

    I don't care if the band plays it like the CD or if they decide to change it up… if the BAND decides. If you don't like the songs they're doing then quit. But being in a band… any band… means you work together as a group and decide things in practice as a group. So for this John is an a**hole! They should have kicked his ass out the band immediately after the show!

  14. graham says:

    is that will ferrel playing drums??? lol

  15. adam says:

    hmmm… this looks like a copy paste from wikipedia….

  16. rwthq says:

    is this really an article about a live variation? the chili peppers are very well known for their improvising.

  17. mufa kutha says:

    frusciante is awesome but what a douche move

  18. Brian says:

    if I was in this band I would try and not be such a moron. all rock stars act like 2nd graders.

  19. Jimbobwe says:

    it sounds good to me, i think it shows that AK has trouble singing his own song if its not "perfect"

    the guitar is only a little over the top, everything about it is in key, tune and rhythm.

    kudo's to a rocker that can freestyle and show real talent.

    where was that talent on "true men don't kill coyotes"?

  20. steve says:

    eh wasn't that bad. wasn't very good improv either. the screaming just sucked though.

  21. Lauren says:

    Quite frankly, that sounded fucking amazing. Unique like real live music is supposed to be.

  22. Mr B bits says:

    Seems OK to me.

  23. Darren says:

    Thought the guitar was fine, backing vocals sucks. But Keidis can't hold a tune in a bucket anyway.

  24. matt says:

    i love red hot chili peppers, but what a dick

  25. Alfred says:

    i feel as if this is a great version of this song itself. John is an amazing musician, and sometimes playing the same shit gets old fast. i understand where he's coming from.

  26. ryka says:

    when the screaming started i just couldn't help but laugh.

  27. mike says:

    what´s the fuzz? Best version ever!!

  28. RandySavage says:

    While I did actually enjoy this version, John's guitar is beautiful, and I might be the only person who liked the screaming, it is a really awful move to do this without giving a heads up to the band.  Sometimes John says some wise stuff, but other times in interviews he goes off in this world of delusional thinking.  It is truly a shame he ever got addicted to drugs.

  29. JaeMatsos says:

    I thought it was hilarious what John did but I don't support his reasons at all. I saw the Chili Peppers live in '08 and even then John seemed so disengaged, his back to the audience, repairing his guitar in the middle of the hump de bump drum solo… I don't get why he stayed the whole time… TWICE!… only to leave again. It's like he's just desperate to be in a band.

  30. says:

    I doesn't look like he kicked john intentionally.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Other than the backing vocals, I think that was a really good version of the song. Cranking it up at the end seemed to really work, and flea and chad smith respond really well.

  32. WalterRetlaw says:

    I understand why John would’ve done it (and actually think it sounded pretty cool), but I can’t blame Keidis for getting pissed off about it. As a performing artist, my heart skipped a beat just watching it. You practice it one way for so long, “improv” can become a little tricky. But I’ve got to hand it to Anthony, he totally pulled it off. Had to chuckle a little bit when he sings, “Sometimes I feel like I don’t have a partner”.

  33. Lacey says:

    I think Frusciante was being a bit of a bitch by screaming into the microphone because that song was written from the bottom of Anthony's heart… and frankly that was just disrespectful of John. But that is just my opinion… :/

  34. Brian says:

    haha! John can do what the fuck he likes, he's rich!!! hahaha!

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