Josh Klinghoffer has been interviewed for The Daily Record. During the interview he talks about playing Scotland’s T in the Park Festival following a concert the previous day in Moscow and also the muddy conditions there:
“T in the Park came during a strange week because we had done a lot of travel.
“We had overnighted from Moscow so when we got to T in the Park it was a strange, gloomy, muddy summer’s day after we had just been in Russia. We didn’t know which way was up.
“I remember being a little surprised to return to the mud, though I guess you expect it from time to time up there at T in the Park.
He then goes on to say that he and band were unhappy at how far away the fans were from the stage:
“I remember having a good time at the show, though the crowd were quite a bit further away than usual, which I didn’t like. I like the crowd to be as close to the band as possible.”
He also discusses the whole Fox TV debate where Fox news presenter, Greg Gutfeld, called the Red Hot Chili Peppers the worst band in the worse only to then issue an apology saying he meant to call them the worst band in the universe.
He said: “Much like most of the things they report, they are quite incorrect about that, too. They know they are ridiculous. We don’t need to tell Fox News they’re a joke.”
The Fox presenter’s comments came after seeing an article about Flea meeting a gorilla, called Koko, from the California’s Gorilla Foundation and he compared the animal to Anthony Kiedis (who came off unfavorably in the comparison). Josh explained that he’d heard the meeting between Flea and Koko was going to happen but that he doesn’t feel he’ll be replaced in the band after Koko was videoed playing Flea’s bass:
“I was at a girlfriend’s wedding in the mountains so I didn’t see it straight away. It looks like an amazing experience but it doesn’t look like I should feel threatened.”
The end of the interview talks about how Josh has been received by RHCP fans and that some have not been welcoming after he replaced previous guitarist John Frusciante and how he deals with that reaction.
Josh added: “I still continue to get flak. The internet is a scary place.
“You can’t help but notice a nasty comment on YouTube when you go there to look at a live performance video of yourself or some footage of how the band used to play a song.
“There is lots of lovely footage too but it is funny that people can be so insensitive and think that it means something to post their negative comments online.
“In the back of my head, when Flea initially asked me to join the band, I considered everything – including all the flak I might get from people who are devoted to my predecessor.
“You have to keep reminding yourself that it is make believe and doesn’t really reflect the way everyone thinks – positive or negative. That’s why we are in such a strange political climate.
Source and full article: The Daily Record