Red Hot Chili Peppers

Josh Klinghoffer Reveals How He Found Out He Had Been Replaced In Red Hot Chili Peppers


Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer has discussed how he was asked to exit the band last year in order to make way for the return of his predecessor, John Frusciante. Klinghoffer explained the matter during a recent episode of Marc Maron‘s ‘WTF Podcast, He revealed that the band broke the news to him in-person, offering:

“I rode my bike over [to Flea’s house]. They just said, ‘We’ll get right to it. We’ve decided to ask John to come back to the band.’ And I just sat there quiet for a second and I said, ‘I’m not surprised.’ And the only thing I could think to say was, ‘I wish I could have done something with you guys, musically or creatively, that would have made this an absolute impossibility.'”

Klinghoffer maintains that there is no animosity between himself and the band, offering:

“It’s absolutely John’s place to be in that band. So that’s why I’m happy for him, I’m happy that he’s back with them.”

Klinghoffer also reflected back on his decade of work with the outfit:

“If John coming back had happened five years ago, it would have been hard for me, temporally, to weigh [my contributions] against what they had. Now, after 10 years, two tours, and almost three albums of writing, I’m really proud of what I did with them. I feel like we did create something.”

Despite having been working on new material with the group prior to his departure late last year, Klinghoffer doesn’t expect his input to be used on the group’s forthcoming new album. Frusciante‘s return was officially announced on December 15th, 2019. The group currently have a number of festival stops booked for the year, here’s where they will be playing:

05/15 Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout Music Festival (tickets)
05/22-24 Boston, MA – Boston Calling (tickets)
05/22-24 Napa, CA – BottleRock (tickets)
06/05 Attica, GRE – Ejekt Festival (tickets)
06/13 Florence, ITA – Firenze Rocks (tickets)
06/19 Landgraaf, NET – Pinkpop Festival (tickets)
06/20 Lyon, FRA – Felyn Festival
09/26 TBA – TBA (‘Global Citizen Festival‘) may receive a commission from tickets purchased through the links in the above post.

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