Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer discussed John Frusciante apologizing for past behavior to his bandmates in a new Rolling Stone interview. Josh Klinghoffer was recently asked about Dave Navarro’s RHCP firing.
“I didn’t know John had been talking to them about rejoining the band. John had reached out to Anthony [around 18 months ago] and they had dinner — that was a surprise — and then John had reached out to our tour manager. He was definitely showing his face in Chili Pepper world a little bit just with emails and apologizing about past behavior. So every time I would hear a story about that, I thought, ‘What is he doing? Does he want to come back?’
I just remember one time Flea and him went to some event together like a boxing match and there were pictures of them on the internet that I heard about and I was like, ‘Could that ever happen? Would that ever happen?’ And it’s something that I totally would have thought, ‘I know what he’s doing: He’s trying to come back.’ And I probably would have prepared for more and maybe even brought it up to those guys myself. But basically at the end of the day, it was a total blindside.”
Red Hot Chili Peppers canceled a John Frusciante reunion show a couple of weeks ago. Crats72 posted on Reddit recently, “What would you guys consider to be Josh’s best show? Everyone loves slane castle and Hyde park cause those were notoriously amazing but I’ve never heard of a show with josh that has the same notoriety. I saw them in 2017 in Chicago and it was a great show but I want to know if there’s a show people consider to be his best.”
CashCarStar responded, “Athens 2012 is pretty awesome. It was one of the shows Josh played sitting down because of his broken foot, so his voice and guitar playing is stronger than usual because he couldn’t move around much. The version of Monarchy of Roses from this show is probably my personal favourite.”
LiamNYK chimed in, “The Köln show from 2011 is great. Even though they didn’t play Even You Brutus and Josh’s playing is a bit wonky at times, Anthony’s voice is on point and they sound great.”
You can read the full interview at Rolling Stone.