This Was Red Hot Chili Peppers' Last Show With Josh Klinghoffer: Watch
By Katrina Nattress
December 16, 2019
When attendees watched Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at the Conservatory of Music's annual fundraising concert in November, they probably didn't think that would be the last time they'd see Josh Klinghoffer play with the band; however, six weeks later the SoCal rockers shocked everyone when they announced their guitarist of 10 years had departed and their former guitarist John Frusciante would be rejoining the band.
“The Red Hot Chili Peppers announce that we are parting ways with our guitarist of the pastel years, Josh Klinghoffer. Josh is a beautiful musician who we respect and love. We are deeply grateful for our time within, and the countless gifts he shared with us," they wrote on Instagram. "We also announce, with great excitement and full hearts. That John Frusciante is rejoining our group. Thank you.”
Thankfully, Klinghoffer's last show was an epic one. Not only did RCHP play an eclectic mix of hits, but they were also joined by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder to cover Prince's "Purple Rain" and Jimi Hendrix's "All Along The Watchtower."
A benefit attendee recorded the full set, which you can watch below.
Frusciante's reunion marks his third stint with RHCP. He originally the band in 1988 following the death of guitarist Hillel Slovak and was featured on the band’s 1989 album Mother’s Milk and 1991's Blood Sugar Sex Magik.The success of the latter caused Frusciante to leave the band mid-tour.
He returned six years later and played on 1999'sCalifornication, 2002’s By the Way and 2006’s Stadium Arcadium, before quitting the band again in September 2009 during their extended hiatus. At that time he was replaced with Klinghoffer, who was RHCP's backup touring guitarist. He recorded two albums with the band: 2011’s I'm With You and 2016’s The Getaway.
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