John Frusciante Has Rejoined The Red Hot Chili Peppers

Undoubtedly the only good thing to happen in 2019

December 17, 2019

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Welp, can't say we saw this one coming.  After a decade of service and a pair of full length LP's with The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Josh Klinghoffer who stands as the band's 5th guitarist (give or take, depending on how technical we're trying to get here), has hung up his hat an exited the group.  The announcement came via the band's social media mid Sunday, in which they describe their departing member as a "beautiful musician who we respect and love", before adding "we are deeply grateful for our time with him, and the countless gifts he shared with us".  While the news comes as something as a surprise, the band were ultimately burying the lead however, as I suppose we are too here, with the major curve ball being the announcement that beloved quintessential 4th member John Frusciante will be rejoining the band for a second time. 

Frusciante's reunion with the group comes as something of a shock, as upon his exit he declared himself at entire artistic odds with the project, declaring he'd "lost interest in traditional songwriting", instead opting to delve into experimentation with electronic music, elaborating "I really love the band and what we did.  Over the last 12 years, I have changed, as a person and artist, to such a degree that to do further work along the lines I did with the band would be to go against my own nature. There was no choice involved in this decision. I simply have to be what I am, and have to do what I must do".  An artists artist, if you will.  

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After more or less dropping off the map outside of occasional DIY releases, the guitarist was spotted with longtime friend and onetime bandmate, Flea a few years back, though most assumed the reunion to be purely one of a casual nature as it coincided with what seems to be as far as one can tell, a rather unpleasant divorce for Frusciante. But as things do when rekindling old flames, one thing seems to have lead to another and he's officially back in the fold.  No doubt more details will soon come to help flesh out the path which lead to his return.  

As of now the band are scheduled for several dates in the new year including a headlining slot at Boston Calling, with a new album confirmed in the works as well.  No word so far on if the band's sessions up to this point have included Frusciante, but one can only hope.  If nothing else, now that he's back the band finally have a reason to play this deep cut which name drops the guy.  Hopefully a NYC area show pops up soon cuz this dude rips.