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John Frusciante
John Frusciante

Background information
Birth name John Anthony Frusciante
Born March 5, 1970
Born place New York City, United States
Genre(s) Alternative Rock
Experimental Rock
Years active 1988—present
Label(s) American Recordings
Record Collection
Warner Music Group
Associated acts Red Hot Chili Peppers
Swahili Blonde
The Mars Volta
Omar Rodríguez-López Quartet
Website Website

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John Frusciante Voted Greatest Guitarist Of The Past 30 Years

April 12, 2010
John Frusciante Voted Greatest Guitarist Of The Past 30 YearsFormer Red Hot Chili Peppers star John Frusciante has been voted the best guitarist of the past 30 years in a BBC poll.

The 40-year-old rocker, who quit RHCP in 2008, beat Slash (second place) and Muse's Matt Bellamy (third) to the title.

The poll, aptly dubbed Axe Factor, was held on the BBC6Music website where over 30,000 music lovers had their say.

BBC 6 Music presenter Steve Lamacq said of the poll result: "There's an underlying madness about their work, but with the renewed interest in these guitarists, thanks to various computer games, this is a very timely and revealing litmus test of who our audience really admire.”

The Smiths, Modest Mouse and The Cribs' Johnny Marr came in at fourth spot and said he was privileged to be in such great company.

"The greatest accolade is for people you respect to respect you and to influence you," he told the Beeb.

"But I can't think about it too much because you would need to have some gargantuan ego to analyse it. I'm just very grateful and try not to screw up."

The full top ten was as follows:

  1. Matt Bellamy - Muse
  2. Kirk Hammett - Metallica
  3. Jonny Greenwood - Radiohead
  4. Jack White - White Stripes
  5. Peter Buck – R.E.M.

(by Scott Colothan)

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