John Frusciante Rejoins Red Hot Chili Peppers

Guitarist Josh Klinghoffer is leaving the band after nine years as a full-time member

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Dec 15, 2019

Red Hot Chili Peppers have parted ways with guitarist Josh Klinghoffer and have reunited with longtime axeman John Frusciante.

"Josh is a beautiful musician who we respect and love," the band wrote in announcing the lineup change on Instagram. "We are deeply grateful for our time with him, and the countless gifts he shared with us."

They added, "We also announce, with great excitement and full hearts, that John Frusciante is rejoining our group."

Frusciante first joined Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1988 following the death of founding guitarist Hillel Slovak and played on 1989's Mother's Milk and 1991's Blood Sugar Sex Magik before leaving the band in 1992.

Frusciante then rejoined the band in 1998 and played on 1999's Californication, 2002's By the Way and 2006 double album Stadium Arcadium, only to leave the band once more in September 2009 while RHCP were on an extended hiatus.

Klinghoffer then joined Red Hot Chili Peppers full-time in 2010 following Frusciante's departure, having been a touring member in 2007, in addition to collaborating with the outgoing guitarist. In his decade-long turn with the band, Klinghoffer performed on 2011's I'm with You and 2016's The Getaway.

Frusciante recently treated his solo album Curtains to a vinyl reissue. Klinghoffer made his solo debut as Pluralone last month.

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