With less than two weeks before the end of the decade, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers are ushering in the new year with a renewed look. Announced to Instagram via 3.5 million followers, the band revealed that they would be “parting ways” with guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. After 10 years with the band, the musician is moving on but in wake of the news, it was also announced that an icon would be returning.
“Josh is a beautiful musician who we respect and love,” Red Hot Chili Peppers wrote on Instagram. “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.”
The recent move to the Chilli Peppers marks Frusciante’s third stint with the band. The lead guitarist recorded five studio albums with the band including Californication, Stadium Arcadium and By The Way and was part of the band from 1988 until 1992, from 1998 until 2009, and now, since 2019.
The on-stage reunion will thus far take place in May, 2020 during performances at Gulf Shores, Alabama’s Hangout Festival and at the Boston Calling fest.