Yesterday saw Red Hot Chilli Peppers take to their social media pages to confirm that current guitarist Josh Klinghoffer was leaving the band and that ex-guitarist John Frusciante would be rejoining RHCP.
Over a decade since he quit, Frusciante was replaced by Klinghoffer with the guitarist taking over the lead role and now the band have confirmed the switch back to their more classic line-up.
In a statement they shared last night, the band said: “The Red Hot Chili Peppers announce that we are parting ways with our guitarist of the past ten years, Josh Klinghoffer. Josh is a beautiful musician who we respect and love. We are deeply grateful for our time with him, and the countless gifts he shared with us.”
The added: “We also announce, with great excitement and full hearts, that John Frusciante is rejoining our group.”
Frusciante, who was Red Hot Chili Peppers’ lead guitarist from 1988 until 1992, left the band for the first time because of his uncontrollable drug addiction. After extensive rehabilitation, he returned to the band again in 1998 before he decided to quit in 2009 after citing exhaustion as the reason.
Speaking to NME in 2009 about his departure, Frusciante explained: “When I quit the band, over a year ago, we were on an indefinite hiatus. There was no drama or anger involved, and the other guys were very understanding.
“They are supportive of me doing whatever makes me happy and that goes both ways. To put it simply, my musical interests have led me in a different direction.”
See the full statement, below.