In april 2013, John Frusciante made a beautiful tribute to Wayne Forman (owner of Wayno's Catering, which supported some of the Red Hot Chili Peppers tours). Frusciante had visited Wayne - who had kidney cancer - and, because of his passion for John's solos, he decided to record a song for him to hear. However, he finished the song a day late, like he said it himself. Wayne passed away in april 7 of that year, and so Frusciante released the song (called "Wayne") on Soundcloud as a beatiful tribute to him. How did you receive that tribute to Wayne Forman? I suppose you were friends?
Dave Lee: "Wayno was such a great, talented guy. Always made me smile. I was out of town when he passed, and didn't make it to his service. We all loved him very much. I thought John's tribute to him was beautiful. And I'm sure Wayno loved it. Where ever he is. I hope to see him someday. "
"This song was recorded for my friend Wayne Forman, the coolest, kindest friend anybody could ever have. When I used to play in arenas I would often mentally aim my playing at him. Wayne loved long guitar solos, and he was my favorite person in the audience to play for. As everyone who knew him is well aware, he was also the best chef ever. When I saw him two days ago, he was laying in front of a CD player, so when I came home I decided I’d make something for him. I recorded this solo for him to hear, but I finished it a day too late, so now it is a tribute to his memory. It is what he would have wanted me to play for him, and it is my offering to his family and friends all over the world, as well as anybody else. Wayno lives in our hearts forever, the greatest guy anybody could ever know. I’m so lucky to have been graced by his friendship. All the love in the world to him.."
- John Frusciante - Wayne - April 07, 2013
"I also have a Performance guitar, made by a guy named Kunio Sugai in North Hollywood. I played it on a ten-minute solo on a song called "Wayne" that I recorded a few months ago when a friend of mine died. It's kind of like a Strat, and has a great whammy bar system that stays in tune really well. After three years of mostly playing the SG, I've found myself playing that guitar more and more."
- John Frusciante - Guitar Player - March 2014
- Raphael Romanelli Andrade de Oliveira - Ilicínea, MG - Brazil