Red Hot Chili Peppers have parted ways with guitarist Josh Klinghoffer and have been rejoined by John Frusciante, whose two previous stints in the group were marked by some of their biggest commercial successes.
Klinghoffer was in the Chili Peppers for a decade, playing on the band’s last two studio albums, 2011’s I’m With You and 2016’s The Getaway.
In a statement, the group wrote, “The Red Hot Chili Peppers announce that we are parting ways with our guitarist of the past ten years, Josh Klinghoffer. Josh is a beautiful musician who we respect and love. We are deeply grateful for our time with him, and the countless gifts he shared with us. We also announce, with great excitement and full hearts, that John Frusciante is rejoining our group.”
Frusciante joined the Chili Peppers following the death of founding guitarist Hillel Slovak in 1988. He first played on 1989’s Mother’s Milk and 1991’s Blood Sugar Sex Magik, the two albums that marked the band’s transition from struggling act to breakout stars.
A heroin addiction took Frusciante out of action in 1993, but he rejoined the Peppers six years later, playing on 1999’s massively successful Californication and 2002’s By The Way. He left again after 2009’s Stadium Arcadium, making some 14 studio LPs during an eclectic solo career.
Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith spoke fondly to us a while back about Frusciante’s contributions to the band: [“He really would come in with ideas and they were very definitive parts and like big riffs, and when John would come in with something, he’d be like, ‘Here it is,’ and bam! And he’d play it like he was playing it in front of 100,000 people — it was awesome. He’s such a fantastic musician. I love the guy to death, just a great guy, and what an amazing musician.”] SOUNDCUE (:20 OC: . . . an amazing musician.)
The Chili Peppers have reportedly been at work on a new album, due out in 2020, although whether or not the band has been working with Frusciante already or will start fresh is not known at this time.
Story source: Billboard
- Red Hot Chili Peppers have parted ways with guitarist Josh Klinghoffer and have been rejoined by John Frusciante, who played on some of their biggest records.
- Klinghoffer was in the Chili Peppers for a decade, playing on the band’s last two studio albums.
- Frusciante joined the Chili Peppers following the death of founding guitarist Hillel Slovak in 1988. He left in 1993 and returned six years later, leaving again in 2009.