Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Josh Klinghoffer Talks Meeting John Frusciante During Heroin Years

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Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer discussed one of his most memorable concert experiences in a recent Josh Mail on Josh-Klinghoffer.org, revealing that it was the first night he met John Frusciante in 1997, which was during Frusciante’s reclusive 90’s years away from the Chili Peppers when he frequently did heroin before getting clean in 1998 and rejoining the band.

“I’ve been very lucky to have had lots of amazing experiences in music. Just playing a concert with the fellas I played with together is absolutely flabbergastingly amazing. Watching Jack Irons play with us tonight and then to sit next to him on the bus back to the hotel, unbelievable. I will tell this short story since the 20 year anniversary of it just passed.

I went with one of my closest friends Brian and his sister to see Thelonoius Monster play at the Delancey Street Foundation in Hollywood. I’m pretty sure it was January 3rd, 1997. The band was Bob, Pete, Dix Denny, Flea and John F. John had a Sex Pistols shirt on that he’d crossed the band name off of and substituted it with “John F.’. It was the first time I’d met any of those guys. John didn’t have a guitar strap so he sat on the floor. It was an atypical place for a rock concert. It was magical to little 17 year old me. It kinda was the first night of the rest of my life.”