Do you ever talk to John Frusciante?
Chad: I haven't. Once in a while, he'll send me a text or an e-mail or something. I know Flea saw him recently and they hung out. But I haven't had much contact. He's doing his thing. I love John. He's one of the most amazing musicians I've ever played with. I'm so fortunate he was in our group. But I think he's happy doing his own thing, what he wants to do, and that's great. I want him to be happy.
On-again, off-again guitarist John Frusciante left in 2009 and was replaced by Josh Klinghoffer. Have you talked to John recently?Source: http://www.ew.com/article/2016/06/21/red-hot-chili-peppers-anthony-kiedis-getaway
AK: I have not spoken to John lately. But I did hear something positive and lovely, which was that he was looking forward to hearing the record. That made me happy, to hear (a) that he cared and (b) that there was not a sour grape rolling around somewhere. When John quit it was a great loss, because he is a brilliant songwriting partner and just an enormous musical human. But it also opened up the chance for us to have someone fresh and new. And often new blood will create new chemistry and maybe give you that B-12 shot in the ass to keep you going for another five years or another 10 years.