Josh Klinghoffer opens up about his exit from Red Hot Chili Peppers

“Complete shock but not a surprise.”

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Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer has called his sudden departure from the band a “complete shock but not a surprise”.

Klinghoffer added that there was no lingering animosity between him and the band. “After 10 years, two tours, and almost three albums of writing, I’m really proud of what I did with them. I feel like we did create something,” he said on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast on 23 January.

In December, Red Hot Chili Peppers announced Klinghoffer’s departure along with news of their reunion with original guitarist John Frusciante. Klinghoffer told Maron that he received the news in person at a band meeting. “They just said, ‘We’ll get right to it. We’ve decided to ask John to come back to the band,’” he said. “And I just sat there quiet for a second and I said, ‘I’m not surprised.’”

“It’s absolutely John’s place to be in that band. So that’s why I’m happy for him, I’m happy that he’s back with them,” Klinghoffer added.

Klinghoffer recently released his solo debut To Be One With You in November 2019, as a follow-up to his single Io Sono Quel Che Sono B/W Menina Mulher Da Pele Preta, which was released on August 2019. The album featured guest appearances from present and former Red Hot Chili Pepper bandmates Flea and Jack Irons. Members of Klinghoffer’s band, Dot Hacker, and former Jane’s Addiction bassist Eric Avery were also featured. 

Klinghoffer and his Pluralone solo project will support of Pearl Jam for part of their North American tour. The band will open for Pearl Jam on 18 March in Ontario, with their last appearance with the grunge icons taking place on 19 April in California.

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