Flea: 'I've considered pulling the plug on being in RHCP a million times'

Bassist says he nearly quit after John Frusciante left the band

Flea: 'I've considered pulling the plug on being in RHCP a million times'

Photo: Press/Clara Balzary

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has revealed he nearly quit the band after guitarist John Frusciante left.

Frusciante quit the band in 2009 and has since been replaced by former Warpaint member Josh Klinghoffer, who has made his recording debut with the band on their new album 'I'm With You', which comes out on August 30. However Flea has now said that Frusciante's departure nearly caused him to leave the outfit.

He told Guitar World:

Oh, I've considered pulling the plug a million times. That’s nothing new for me. Things get to be a bummer and I start going, 'Mmm, this is kind of a drag.' And I just couldn't imagine doing it without John. When he did up and leave, though, some time went by and I just started feeling this deep love for the band and wanted to continue it. Plus, I missed Anthony. So we got Josh.



The bassist also spoke highly of Klinghoffer, describing him as a "subtle and poetic musician" and not a "guitar virtuoso".

He said of their new player:

Josh is a subtle, sublime and poetic musician. He’s not this guitar virtuoso/guitar hero guy. He's a real all-around musician. He plays drums and piano as well as guitar, so he gets a real big picture of the music and has a real intuitive sense of when something is serving the song or not. He puts chords together in a beautiful, unique way. He has a very warm, beautiful sound on the guitar.



Red Hot Chili Peppers tour UK and Ireland arenas in November.

Read More On This Artist

Red Hot Chili Peppers Merchandise
More News
Tinchy Stryder posts video footage from Chuckle Brothers studio session - watch
U2's Bono defends Apple LP giveaway, says '38 million people' have listened to...
Paul McCartney asks for 'Meat Free Monday' support
The Vaccines' frontman co-writes song with country singer Caitlin Rose - listen
Aphex Twin reveals his kids, wife, mum and dad feature on 'Syro'
Katy B pulls out of gig following brother's death
Royal Blood's Mike Kerr says the idea that rock music is the most authentic genre is...
U2's Bono thinks he has the solution to music piracy and declining album sales
Butthole Surfers drummer picks up 'Yard Of The Month' award in Austin neighbourhood
Julian Casablancas cryptic about future Strokes shows: 'A tour's a great way to destroy...
Jack White takes pop at Foo Fighters during 'Kanye West-esque rant' at Boston gig –...
Miley Cyrus facing possible jail time after being spanked with a Mexican flag
Mark E Smith on Kate Bush: 'I never even liked her first time around'
Papa Roach frontman: 'my uncle kissed me and he gave me herpes'
Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl says he's 'never played a show like this' at...
Seth Rogen hired as Waka Flocka Flame's 'official blunt roller'
Musicians react as Scotland votes in independence referendum
Jay Z fighting lawsuit over use of the word 'oh' in 'Run This Town'
Arcade Fire's Win Butler says he has no plans for retirement
Disclosure and Sam Smith enlist Schoolboy Q for 'Latch' remix – listen
Dr Dre's long-awaited new album will not be called 'Detox'
Iggy Azalea files lawsuit against ex-boyfriend for releasing early masters

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today