Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante is releasing his 10th solo album, via the Record Collection label, on January 20. The Empyrean, which Frusciante has described as a concept album (we’re still trying to figure out exactly what that concept is, but we’re a little dense sometimes), features guest appearances by actor Michael Balzary (My Own Private Idaho, The Big Lebowski), guitarist Johnny Marr (Cribs) and others. In addition to nine Frusciante originals, The Empyrean also features a cover of Tim Buckley’s “Song To The Siren” (a longtime MAGNET fave). Frusciante has no plans to tour in support of the album. To see how different Frusciante looks with short hair, check out an interview we did with him in 2004 here.
“Unreachable” from The Empyrean: