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Flea, Johnny Marr On New Frusciante Album

Guitarist Johnny Marr and bassist Flea are among the guests on Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante’s new album, “The Empyrean,” due Jan. 20 via Record Collection.

The Sonus Quartet and the New Dimension Singers also make appearances on the follow-up to 2005’s “Curtains.” Frusciante has released seven solo albums since rejoining the Chili Peppers in 1998.

In related news, Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis is developing an HBO series based on his rock’n’roll upbringing, tentatively titled “Scar Tissue.” According to Variety, the series is not based on Kiedis’ book of the same name,
Which was devoted more to his time in the Chili Peppers.

Kiedis is said to be considering narrating the show and making occasional cameo appearances. Meanwhile, drummer Chad Smith is making an album with a new band comprised of vocalist Sammy Hagar, bassist Michael Anthony and guitarist Joe Satriani.

As for the Chili Peppers, the band is on a hiatus of unknown length, following marathon touring in support of 2006’s “Stadium Arcadium.”