Talking about Frusciante’s reasons, RHCP drummer Chad Smith told Billboard:
“He didn’t feel comfortable coming, which we totally respect. We asked him… He said: ‘I’m just not really comfortable with that, but good luck and thanks for inviting me.’ It was all good. He’s the kind of guy, I think, that once he’s finished with something he’s just on to the next phase of his life. The Chili Peppers are not really on his radar right now.”
The band will be performing at the ceremony in Cleveland, when Guns N’ Roses, The Small Faces/The Faces and Donovan will also be inducted.