Alt-punk-funk powerhouse Red Hot Chili Peppers announced on Sunday in an Instagram post that former guitarist John Frusciante will rejoin the band after a 10-year absence from the group.
In the post, Red Hot Chili Peppers announced the departure of Josh Klinghoffer, who has served as the band’s guitarist since 2009 and has appeared on all the band’s albums since I’m With You in 2011. The band stated that they are “deeply grateful” for their time with Klinghoffer, and that he is “a beautiful musician” whom they respect and love.
This will not be the first time that Frusciante has rejoined the band. His original tenure with the group stretched from 1989 to 1992, quitting the band after it gained overwhelming popularity with the release of Blood Sugar Sex Magik in 1991 and after Frusciante had developed a serious heroin addiction. However, after a six-year absence during which he successfully completed a rehabilitation program, Frusciante rejoined RHCP in 1998, after which the group released the monstrously successful Californication in 1999.
However, that reunion would not last. 2006’s Stadium Arcadium marked Frusciante’s fifth and final album with the Chili Peppers. In 2009, after the release of his solo album, The Empyrean, which featured Flea and Klinghoffer, he announced that he was once again leaving the group. He would be replaced by Klinghoffer for the last few dates of the tour supporting Stadium Arcadium and all subsequent albums and tours.
Red Hot Chili Peppers have seven shows scheduled for next summer, including festival appearances at Hangout Music Festival, Boston Calling, and four appearances abroad. Tickets are available here.
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