Most casual observers of the Red Hot Chili Peppers will tell you that the band is way past their prime, but Haruki Murakami, the magical realist Japanese novelist, thinks they’re just as good as ever.

In fact, he even thinks that the band could give lessons on how to age gracefully. Murakami revealed this and more in his latest advice column on his website, where fans can submit questions about anything. One fan, apparently, had a burning desire to know the author’s thoughts on the “Californication” band and, perhaps even more surprisingly, Murakami obliged.

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“Mr. Murakami, do you think that without John Frusciante, you can’t really call them the “Red Hot Chili Peppers” anymore? I love John’s guitar playing,” tamatebox asked Murakami, according to Vox and Mr. Murakami’s Place, a website that translated the Q&A in a now-deleted post.

“I saw when the Chili Peppers took the stage during Bruno Mars‘ Super Bowl halftime show. They still rock,” Murakami replied. “It’s amazing that they seem like they never grow up. Humans always mature before you know it, so we have to be careful.”



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