Frusciante returns as Josh Klinghoffer departs.
The Chili Peppers broke the news just this morning that Josh Klinghoffer, who had been the band's touring guitarist before being the main man for the past 10 years, will be making way for the return of John Frusciante for his third spell in the Californian group.
Frusciante first joined the band after the death of founding guitarist Hillel Slovak, making Mother's Milk and Blood Sugar Sex Magik before leaving the Chili Peppers in mid 1992. He then returned in 1998, and released with the band the albums: Californication, By The Way and Stadium Arcadium.
After the tour to support Stadium Arcadium, the Red Hot Chili Peppers went on hiatus where Frusciante continued with his solo and side projects, to the point that when the Peppers reformed, he was missing from the line up and Josh Klinghoffer was named full time guitarist.
And now the prodigal son has returned once again, and I for one cannot be happier. I am one of those people who find Red Hot Chili Peppers albums with Frusciante so much superior than those without him. He brings with him a higher standard and his ability to immediately click musically and effortlessly with Flea shows.
I wasn't into the Peppers' last record The Getaway, and felt myself slowly becoming less of a fan, but with John back into the fold, I'll be more than happy to pick up their next album and give it a spin.