Breaking in as a big-big surprise for Red Hot Chili Peppers fans, the band on Sunday announced that guitarist John Frusciante will rejoin the band. The star performer who parted ways with the band a decade ago, appeared across band’s most popular albums.
John Frusciante will take place of his successor, Josh Klinghoffer, who has played since former left the band. Klinghoffer appeared on their last two studio albums, 2011’s ” I’m with You” and 2016’s “The Getaway”.
The news broke after the band wrote about the replacement on their Instagram page. “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 Red Hot Chili Peppers said in guitarist’s praise. “We also announce, with great excitement and full hearts, that John Frusciante is rejoining our group,” the band added with utter happiness.
The return marks not second, but Frusciante’s third tenure with the band. He first joined the group in 1988 after the death of the founding guitarist Hillel Slovak and remained until 1992. Following his departure, Jane Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro performed and traveled with the group from 1993 to 1998. His departure made headway for Frusciante once again who joined in 1998 and played until 2009. Fast forward to 2019, the guitarist is back amidst Red Hot Chili Peppers’ rank again.
Red Hot Chili Peppers has already enjoyed immense success with John Frusciante. During his inaugural stint with the band, he played on the 1991 breakthrough album “Blood Sugar Sex Magik”, which witnessed a record-breaking sale of over 7 million copies in the United States. Next, in 1999 post reunion with the guitarist, album “Californication” sold over 6 million copies in the United States.
The 49-year-old is also a solo artist, producer and collaborator. He has released 14 solo albums and played guitar on several albums by rock band the Mars Volta.
Meanwhile, Red Hot Chili Peppers has already booked two 2020 US shows. They first perform on 15 May sic Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama, and then at Boston Calling Music from 22-24 May.