By Benjamin Minick
Contributing Writer for Telegraph Local|See @TimberwolfP
There is big news from the Red Hot Chili Peppers today as guitarist John Frusciante is rejoining the band after ten years. These are exciting times as he has been with the group now three times over the last almost thirty years. The band took to Instagram to express their excitement over the decision for the guitarist to return to his duties.
The band also let fans know that current guitar player Josh Klinghoffer who has been with the group since the last time john Frusciante left has parted ways amicably with the band. An Instagram post indicates that the band feels that Klinghoffer is a beautiful musician whom they love, and respect and they’re deeply grateful for their time with him and the great gifts he shared during his time as a member of the group.
John Frusciante joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers the first time in 1988 and played guitar on their breakthrough album Mother’s Milk as well as Blood Sugar Sex Magik but left the band in the middle of a tour in 1992 due to battling drug abuse. He rejoined the Red Hot Chili Peppers again six years later playing on the album Californication that was a best-seller, and the band enjoyed massive success. He then went on to play on the records; By The Way and Stadium Arcadium as well.
When he left the band in 2009, he wrote a heartfelt letter to fans and could only cite artistic differences for the reason why he left the group; however, he did state ten years ago, he needed to make himself happy. The Red Hot Chili Peppers were on indefinite hiatus at the time and he had a promising solo career. John Frusciante and Josh Klinghoffer are very familiar with each other as they have appeared side by side in other projects including Frusciante’s 2009 solo album.
There was no specific reason given for the departure of Josh Klinghoffer. There is also no reason to speculate that drugs or alcohol played a part this time as the nature of the band has changed very much over the last 30 years. Early in their history, drug use played a significant role in the group and so did drama. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are known for their zany on-stage antics and high-energy shows, and at one point in time and their offstage life was just as high energy.
Anytime John Frusciante plays with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, magic happens. He is known for his fantastic work with the guitar and incidentally has appeared as the guitarist on almost all of their major successful albums. While fans did enjoy Josh Klinghoffer, there is no doubt that they are celebrating today because John is back with the group. The only question that comes to mind is, for how long? Only time will tell but we can sure hope that they have some great music between now and then.