Ten years after parting ways with Red Hot Chili Peppers, their long-time guitarist John Frusciante has now announced his return to the Los Angeles rock outfit.
His return has also resulted in his replacement and now ex-guitarist Josh Klinghoffer stepping down from the band following a decade of service, during which he performed on the band’s last two records: 2011’s ‘I’m With You’ and 2016’s ‘The Getaway’.
Frusciante initially left the band in 2009, citing reasons that his “musical interests” were leading him in “a different direction”, and that he wished to focus on other endeavours, more specifically his career as a solo artist.
The band confirmed Frusciante‘s return and Klinghoffer‘s departure via Instagram, and you can read their full statement below.
“The Red Hot Chili Peppers announce that we are parting ways with our guitarist of the past ten years, Josh Kilnghoffer. 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.
We also announce, with great excitement and full hearts, that John Frusciante, is rejoining our group. Thank you.”
At the time of writing, there’s no statement or response from Klinghoffer regarding his departure.
The band are expected to being work on the twelfth studio and follow-up to 2016’s ‘The Getaway’ in 2020, more details of which will follow as they develop.