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John Frusciante rejoins Red Hot Chili Peppers

By | Published on Monday 16 December 2019

Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced the (apparently amicable) departure of guitarist Josh Klinghoffer to make way for the return of John Frusciante.

In a post on Instagram, the band said: “The Red Hot Chili Peppers announce that we are parting ways with our guitarist of ten years, Josh Klinghoffer. Josh is a beautiful musician who we respect and love. We are deeply grateful for our time together with him, and the countless gifts he has shared with us. We also announce with great excitement and full hearts that John Frusciante is rejoining our group”.

Frusciante originally joined RHCP in 1988, aged eighteen, first appearing on their fourth album, ‘Mother’s Milk’, the following year. He then played on arguably the band’s defining album, ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’, which became a massive hit in 1991. Struggling with fame, he quit the band in 1992, releasing more experimental solo work and largely staying out of the public eye.

His subsequent return to the band in 1998 marked another period of massive success, with the release of their ‘Californication’ album in 1999, followed by ‘By The Way’ in 2002. He also played on 2006’s ‘Stadium Arcadium’, before quitting the band again in 2009.

Since then, he has worked on a number of collaborative and solo projects, including two acid house albums under the name Trickfinger.

Although the band have been through at least nine guitarists in their time, Frusciante is seen by many as the quintessential RHCP guitar player, so his latest return to the group will be big news for fans.