It’s obvious that John is a shaman. That’s exactly what he is. There is a lot of that in the way he plays the guitar. I’ll tell you something: when he came to the studio to record the new songs with us, John would remain in front of the others, silent and without a guitar, to sense what was about to come. He would move his hands in the air to receive the energy. Then, five minutes before we begun recording the songs, almost without rehearsing, John would pick up his instrument and learn the solo, following a personal ritual. I don’t think that anyone else can do something like that. To me, such a thing is a shamanistic quality. There’s no one like him. When he plays, you can’t stop watching him, he hypnotizes you. He’s incredible. He opens his mouth as if he’s screaming, he closes his eyes and… it’s like he’s doing magic. I imagine those south american shamans during a trance, you know. Connecting to another dimension with nothing else but a guitar. I feel lucky to be where I am and to live this kind of experiences. Magic and music, all together. Few things could be better in this life.
Cedric Bixler-Zavala talking about John Frusciante
We sample from the shelves Tore a page out of this chapter Deface the essays in the book that you’re reading We are the leeches that stop the bleeding Deficit attention program, by any means necessary Blare sirens to the library Whisper instructions to the book-wormed glossary Is it heavier than air - tell us, is the black box lying?
Feels like I’m a Volta’s Witness or something. Every new person I start kickin it with, at some point I’m like, “You down with The Mars Volta?” No one I know seems to understand the hurricane force that is TMV.