Josh Klinghoffer Shares How He Learned He Was Out of the Red Hot Chili Peppers

The guitarist stopped by ‘WTF with Marc Maron’

January 23, 2020

Last month the Red Hot Chili Peppers shocked fans with the welcome return of John Frusciante. In a post the band announced the guitarist would be rejoining the group, after last exiting the GRAMMY-winning band in 2009. However, the odd man out in this reunion was Josh Klinghoffer, who started as a touring guitarist through their Stadium Arcadium tour, and went on to work on their 2011 I’m With You and 2016 The Getaway albums.

“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,” RHCP explained in a post. “We also announce with great excitement and full hearts, that John Frusciante is rejoining our group.”

Now Klinghoffer is talking about the move on WTF with Marc Maron, explaining that it was pretty simple and actually “sweet” the way he was told.

“I rode my bike over,” Klinghoffer says of his trip to bassist Flea’s home. “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.'”

Ultimately the news was shocking but not surprising for Klinghoffer, noting that “John and Flea have a musical language. I’ll never be able to contend with the history him and John had.”

Klinghoffer and Frusciante worked together on music prior to him officially joining the band, with Josh saying he was in a weird position once he officially joined. “When they decided they wanted to carry on and he maintained he was sort of done with it, and they asked me to do it, I think he was really surprised that they were going to carry on without him,” Klinghoffer remembers. “It was sort of a strange position I was holding.”

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have said that Frusciante will be featured on their upcoming album. You can listen to the full WTF with Marc Maron episode with Josh Klinghoffer here.

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