The Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced that they have parted ways with guitarist Josh Klinghoffer after his ten-year stint with the band. The band has also revealed that former guitarist, whom Klinghoffer replaced, John Frusciante will be rejoining the band.
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The Red Hot Chili Peppers announce that we are parting ways with 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 excitment and full hearts, that John Frusciante is rejoining our group.
This upcoming reunion will mark Frusciante’s third stint with the band, as he initially joined up with the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s back in 1988 following the death of their guitarist Hillel Slovak. Frusciante performed on the band’s 1989 LP Mother’s Milk and 1991 hit album Blood Sugar Sex Magik which gained the band worldwide recognition. It was due to this fame that Frusciante made his initial exit from the band.
Frusciante rejoined Chili Peppers six years later, playing on the band’s 1999 album Californication, 2002’s By the Way and 2006’s Stadium Arcadium. Frusciante quit the band again in September 2009 during their extended hiatus and was replaced on a full-time basis by Klinghoffer, who was the band’s backup touring guitarist.
The Red Hot Chili Pepper’s are next scheduled to perform live for a few dates coming up in 2020 on May 15th at Alabama’s Hangout Festival and May 24th at the Boston Calling Festival.