Red Hot Chili Peppers Guitarist Reveals Sad Truth About Firing


Josh Klinghoffer recently opened up on his ten years in Red Hot Chili Peppers, claiming that creatively, the experience was “enormously stifling”. Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante had been away from the band for a decade after he quit the band in 2009. He went on to rejoin in 2019. The guitarist recently revealed what he thought of the band’s material with replacement member Josh Klinghoffer.

Josh Klinghoffer opens up on his experience with Red Hot Chili Peppers

Klinghoffer joined the band in 2009 after serving as a touring member following the departure of guitarist John Frusciante. Klinghoffer recorded two albums with the Red Hot Chili Peppers – 2011’s ‘I’m With You’ and 2016’s ‘The Getaway’.

Speaking about his decade with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Klingoffer told Guitar World (via Radio X) that “as much as I love those guys and loved playing with them, it was also enormously stifling creatively. They’re an established band with an established sound, and I learned over time how little deviating from that was possible,” he explained.

“As much as I thought they were up for experimentation, they generally stayed in their own lane.” He went on to say that “obviously, it’s sad when something is taken from you.” 

Red Hot Chili Peppers celebrated the return of Frusciante by releasing double album ‘Unlimited Love‘ and heading out on a global stadium tour. The follow-up double album ‘Return Of The Dream Canteen‘ is due for release October 14.