Red Hot Chili Peppers announce return of guitarist John Frusciante

Brenda Watkins
December 16, 2019

Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced that longtime guitarist John Frusciante will rejoin their lineup. The band revealed via their Instagram account that guitarist John Frusciante is returning to the group, replacing Josh Klinghoffer who held the guitarist spot on their last couple of albums.

"Josh is a attractive musician who we respect and love", the band wrote.

In the statement below, Flea also expresses great gratitude for Klinghoffer's decade-long run - for the "countless gifts he shared with us".

Frusciante went on to suffer his own battle with heroin addiction, which - after leaving the band in 1992 - nearly cost him his life.

Red Hot Chili Peppers announced John was back on Instagram.

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Recruited by the band following the death of Hillel Slovak, Frusciante's influence helped to turn the band into a household name, and by 1991, Blood Sugar Sex Magik had seen them top charts around the world and become a defining act of the era.

Josh Klinghoffer first featured on the band's 2011 I'm With You Album, and went on to appear on their 2016 The Getaway album.

However, after a six-year absence during which he successfully completed a rehabilitation program, Frusciante rejoined the alt-funk powerhouse group in 1998, after which the group released the monstrously successful "Californication" in 1999.

When Frusciante announced his departure in 2009, he explained that the band was on an "indefinite hiatus" and the other band members were supportive of his decision.

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