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Red Hot Chili Peppers Part Ways With Guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, John Frusciante Rejoins

According to the band’s Instagram, the exchange appears to be all in good humor.

Today, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are enough of a behemoth within rock music that one can’t imagine them ever shaking up their ranks too much, or wanting to. That said, the band is now doing just that, as it was announced today that guitarist John Klinghoffer will be parting ways with the Chili Peppers — but his replacement is none other that former RHCP guitarist John Frusciante. 

According to a post on the band’s Instagram, 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.”

READ THIS: You can make fun of the Red Hot Chili Peppers all you want, but Californication is a perfect record

This is obviously huge news, both that Klinghoffer is leaving and Frusciante is rejoining. The former guitarist obviously has over a decade of experience with the Chili Peppers, as well as with Frusciante himself. But the latter is the guitarist behind many of the Chili Peppers’ most adored albums — 1989’s Mother’s Milk, 1991’s Blood Surgar Sex Magik, and 1999’s Californication, to name a few.

The third of those records is considered by many to be a perfect album, with Kerrang!‘s own Cat Jones writing, If anything, as Kerrang! pointed out to them in 1999, Red Hot Chili Peppers have, in fact, painted themselves as caricatures throughout their career, and even throughout the era of Californication, despite its dark undertones and moments of clarity. But there’s absolutely zero rule — especially in the outlandish circus of a world we call rock n’ roll, that says a person can’t be a cartoon character and simultaneously produce art that is fun, poignant, relatable, and culturally important. The Chili Peppers mastered that art on Californication, and 20 years later, the album is just as important as ever.”

Stay tuned for more news about the new Chili Peppers line-up’s upcoming movements.

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Posted on December 15th 2019, 9:54p.m.
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