New Josh Klinghoffer Interview

A new interview has been released talking to Josh Klinghoffer. Inevitably, there are a couple of questions about RHCP in it. Again, non-committal answers and nothing much said in real terms… although maybe it is speaking volumes. (So odd if Josh left of his own choice that even he isn’t commenting on it).

What are some lessons you will take away from your years in the Red Hot Chili Peppers?

“Ask me that another time.”


Are there any hard feelings between you and the RHCP camp and/or John?

“I don’t think so. Not from me.”

Read the whole interview on Ultimate Guitar

New Interview With Chad Smith

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith has spoken to Rolling Stone about his latest collection of art work, The Art of Chad Smith, currently on display at the Russell Collection Fine Art gallery in Austin, Texas, USA.

Smith talks about how the art, “… is a fun, new way to express myself.” The interview also talks about the process of creating the art and mentions it’s his second such project (Parallax was released in 2016).

Obviously, the interviewer broached the RHCP topic of the moment and asked about the recent change in line-up of the band with Josh Klinghoffer being replaced by John Frusciante. His reply was, “I was given strict orders for this interview: ‘DON’T TALK ABOUT THE BAND,’”and he just confirms that the band are working now with John; they will be concentrating on making a new record and that their only other commitments are the festivals that have been booked during the summer. Smith refused to be drawn into further comment and was clearly sticking to the official line on this.

You can read the full interview here: Rolling Stone: Chad Smith Talks About New Art Exhibition.


I’ve been updating several things on the website over the last few days. The John and Josh band member pages have been updated (re-written for John) with the latest information. In fact, I’ve tidied all of the band member pages information up deleting old links and updating information. I realised during that that the page on Chad’s tattoos is so old it was on the old forum site. That has been rectified! There is a brand new, up to date, page on Chad’s tattoos – any info on the letters I haven’t been able to identify, etc. would be gratefully received!


An Update: Josh Klinghoffer Leaving RHCP and John Frusciante Returning

Adding this an announcement for anyone who doesn’t know the latest band news, and also to summarise the events now we’ve had time to process shock announcement.

Last weekend, a post appeared on the official band Instagram thanking Josh for his contribution over the last 10 years and saying he was no longer the guitarist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It also stated that John Frusciante was returning to the band.

Initially, people thought the account had been hacked and that this announcement was a hoax as it was so sudden and unexpected. To add to the confusion, it didn’t appear on the band’s other social media accounts at the same time, including the official website (it was posted there the following day- UK time at least).

Flea posted the same announcement on his personal Instagram and Twitter accounts shortly afterwards, but many people still weren’t sure it was genuine until James Slovak* publicly confirmed it was. Chad posted the same announcement a few hours later. (* Hillel’s brother. James, I believe, works for QPrime, RHCP’s management team, and that’s the most likely reason he knew the post was genuine).

No details are given on the announcement and it merely states the band is “parting ways” with Josh. No mention is even given of Josh leaving to pursue his solo career which would have been the logical explanation given the recent release of his Pluralone CD.

As for details, the same account is circulating from numerous sources and that is John requested to rejoin the band and since that was agreed, there was no longer a position for Josh. If true, whether Josh left of his own accord, or was asked to leave, isn’t known. The only definite is that John was photographed with Flea in the summer (July) so they have been back in contact recently.

How long John has actually been back in the band again isn’t known. It might be starting with the announcement, or they might have been together for a while, or he might have been working with just one band member initially and it led from there.

As for the forthcoming expected RHCP album, Flea recently stated during one of his promotional interviews for his memoir, ‘Acid For The Children,’ that an album will be released next year in 2020. There have been various mentions that the band are working on an album. The most recent comment about the actual process was, ironically now, from Josh at the Ohana Festival a couple of months ago (29th September), stating work was slow due to family commitments of the other band members. It certainly sounded like he was part of the process then and people at that point assumed he was as there was no reason to think otherwise. Some fans are now speculating that work has already begun with John, but there is currently no actual evidence for this.

An interview with Josh is due to be aired on 5th January so maybe more details about his departure will be made public then. No member of the band has commented publicly at the time of writing this. Flea has tweeted a few things about loving Josh and about his solo work, but nothing about the reasons for his departure.

As for Josh, for those of you concerned about him, I’ve had word back saying he is fine and I know a couple of other fan pages have had the same message too.

The Announcement:

The Red Hot Chili Peppers announce that we are parting ways with our guitarist of the past ten years, Josh Klinghoffer. 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.

Josh Klinghoffer has gone. John Frusciante is back in RHCP

Stunned! A complete bombshell has dropped tonight. Josh Klinghoffer is no longer part of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and John Frusciante has re-joined the band. There are no details (yet) other than a post made on the band’s Instragram page and Flea’s social media accounts.

I’ve been a bit delayed posting as everyone assumed it was a hack at first, but someone I trust has just confirmed the news.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers announce that we are parting ways with our guitarist of the past ten years, Josh Klinghoffer. 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.

RHCP on Tour 2019: Silverlake

Source: Chad Smith’s Instagram


Date: Saturday 2nd November, 2019

Location: Silverlake Conservatory of Music, LA

Notes: The annual benefit gala for the music school the RHCP’s Flea set up (Anthony Kiedis is on the Board of Directors).


Can’t Stop

The Zephyr Song

Dark Necessities (Setlist gives choice between this and Snow ((Hey Oh)) but DN was played)

Purple Stain

Don’t Forget Me

Suck My Kiss

Soul To Squeeze

By The Way

Source: Heirloom LA Catering (story videos)

Billboard Article:

Billboard have an article that features a detailed overview of the event which can be read HERE

There are a number of videos as posts on these pages:

Official RHCP Instagram
Gavin Polone

Thanks to everyone who posted and shared things from the night- so appreciated (sorry we can’t use it all!). A big thanks to David Mushegain for the Instagram livestream and to my Sisterwitch for researching the best links for me to use.

RHCP: Boys on Film

It has been rumoured and whispered about for some time that the Red Hot Chili Peppers have been filming a documentary. It was originally believed that the documentary was about the special RHCP concert at the pyramids in Cairo earlier this year, but speculation and some reliable sources have since suggested it contains more than that with recording taking place at other events too. However, the whole thing, rumours and gossip, have recently dried up… Until now. David Mushegain has just posted:

such a rad day previewing our new @chilipeppers documentary and hanging with @chadsmithofficial on his bday

Really hope this is going to be made public soon! Before Christmas release to hit the Christmas market? Would be perfect! We can only hope…

RHCP on Tour 2019: ‘Rebel With a Cause’ Charity Fundraiser

Date: 24th October, 2019

Location: The Water Garden, Santa Monica, California


Held in support for research by the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC (“Ellison Institute”).


Unknown but videos on social media showed that they played:

By The Way
Dark Necessities



Embed from Getty Images

Both Getty Images and Zimbio have galleries of the event.

RHCP on Tour 2019: Oceana Benefit Concert

Date: Saturday 12th October, 2019

Location: Somewhere in Hollywood, California

Details: This was a fundraising event headlined by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, for Oceana (a maritime conservation charity). The concert was held in a private garden. Tickets cost between $2500 and $50,000 for a table.


Source: Event Eleven story on Instagram

Dark Necessities

Zephyr Song


I Like Dirt


Higher Ground

Don’t Forget Me

(By The Way Not played due to technical issues)*

Give It Away (shown on several videos)


*Article on  Billboard Website about the event and also detailing the song change from the set list:

By the way… how does it go again? 

The finale of the night provided the lucky guests with a bizarre rarity: the Chili Peppers forgetting how to play one of their biggest hits. Flea and Klinghoffer turned to face each, apparently to start their 2002 smash “By the Way,” but looked completely perplexed by the horrendous, out-of-tune racket they created. For a good minute, the duo looked utterly stumped as guests giggled (“I blame the bass tech” quipped Kiedis) before Flea switched out his instrument and the band launched into a note-perfect “Give It Away.” As back-up plans go, it’s a pretty good one to have up your sleeve.


Embed from Getty Images

Social Media Posts:


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Californication!! @oceana

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Thanks to people for posting on social media so we fans could see something of the concert! 🙂

RHCP Live 2019: Rock In Rio

Date: Thursday 3rd October, 2019

Location: Rock In Rio, Parque Olímpico, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Can’t Stop
The Zephyr Song
Dark Necessities
Dani California
I Wanna Be Your Dog (by The Stooges; cover) … Right On Time
The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie
Go Robot
What Is Soul? (by Funkadelic; cover)
Just What I Needed (by The Cars; cover)
The Power of Equality
Soul to Squeeze
By the Way

I Don’t Wanna Grow Up (by Tom Waits; cover -Josh solo)
Goodbye Angels
Give It Away


*The concert was broadcast live.

*The concert took place on Josh Klinghoffer’s 40th Birthday.

*The setlist was leaked pre-concert to much excitement about the inclusion of Sikamikanico which saw its live debut as a gift to Josh for his birthday.

Anthony Kiedis, at the end of Sikamikanico:

“That was our gift to Josh Klinghoffer. [Thank you].  It’s his birthday; and when he was a fifteen year old boy, out in the San Fernando Valley, he got a hold of that song and that time he was a drummer, wasn’t really playing the guitar. He was frickin’ killing the skins, one skin at a time, and he learned how to play that sh*t on the drums so now, what have we got, is it 25 years later?, he’s rocking that sh*t on the guitar. Happy Birthday, Josh!”

Video (full show):


Professional concert photos here: