While Frusciante spent the next 5 years shooting up heroin in the Hollywood Hills and almost killing himself, the Peppers, after much thought, signed former Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro in his place.Their sixth album, after many delays, was released in 1995.Despite boasting some great music, it was a let-down from their super-hit previous album.The band entered a low point, punctuated after Frusciante, miraculously, checked himself into rehab in 1997. The Peppers' 1999 hit seventh album , their ninth album, was a vague Call-Back to the band's funky roots while exploring new terrains in psychedelia and alternative.The gang released 's success and spawned two successful singles, the Ode to Sobriety "Knock Me Down" and the Funk Metal'd cover of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground".
Tragedy struck when Slovak was killed by a heroin overdose, prompting Irons's tearful departure from the band.
This led them to critical acclaim and a wider audience thanks to the Epic Riff-filled hits "Give It Away" and "Under the Bridge".
Frusciante, however, left the band mid-tour in 1992 because he hated the band's popularity, and he had alienated himself from the other band members.
Kiedis, a junkie at the time, cleaned up, and the band worked toward redemption.
The band then recruited John Frusciante on guitar (their youngest member, then only eighteen) and Chad Smith on drums.