Josh Klinghoffer On The Immense Awkwardness Of RHCP's Rock Hall Induction
By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta
June 6, 2022
Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer is part of an exclusive group of musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ... against their will.
Plenty of rockers have had their issues with the Rock Hall over the years, but Klinghoffer revealed in a recent conversation on Tuna on Toast with Ted Stryker that he felt deeply out of place accepting the honor.
"I don't pay attention much to the Hall of Fame because it's such a technicality that I'm in there," Klinghoffer said. "I didn't do the wonderful things that [the rest of the band did]."
Klinghoffer began touring with the Chili Peppers in 2007 as a live guitarist and was elevated to a full member in 2009 after John Frusciante left the band for the second time.
Klinghoffer spent the next decade with RHCP, contributing to two hit studio albums before parting with the band in 2019. But in 2012, as the Chili Peppers were being honored for a body of work built years before he joined, Klinghoffer knew he didn't belong.
"At the time it was only a two-year run," he added. "So I felt like a bit of a fraud being up there."
At the time, Klinghoffer at age 32 was the youngest person ever inducted into the Rock Hall. He was one of three RHCP guitarists, including Frusciante and late-cofounding guitarist Hillel Slovak, to be inducted with the band.
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Since moving on from RHCP, Klinghoffer has joined Pearl Jam as a touring guitarist and worked with Eddie Vedder on the frontman's latest solo album.