Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea says band lost 'magic' when John Frusciante left

Bassist admits it took a while for things to click with new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer

Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea says band lost 'magic' when John Frusciante left

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Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea has admitted that they lost some "magic" when guitarist John Frusciante left the band.

In an interview with BassPlayer.com, the bassist admitted that he and Frusciante had developed "such a language together" that it took a while for things to click with his replacement and former Warpaint man Josh Klinghoffer.

Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis recently claimed that Frusciante's departure from the band had "felt good", but when asked if Klinghoffer had changed the group's dynamic, Flea replied: "A lot! John and I had established such a language together – if I started playing bass with John, he'd make awesome grooves that we didn't need to talk about or think about."

He then went on to add:

With Josh, we'd start playing something and I'd be like, 'OK, when is he going to do that magic thing where we create the cosmic perfect groove?' and he just wouldn't do it. But then I realised that I was sitting there waiting for something because it's what I was used to, and that I need to let Josh be Josh.


The bassist also mentioned his new project with Blur's Damon Albarn and Tony Allen, called Rocketjuice And The Moon, describing it as "really fun" and labelling Allen as "the best drummer on the planet".

Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently on an arena tour of the UK and Ireland. They will also return to the UK and Ireland next summer to play three huge outdoor shows. The band will play Knebworth Park near Stevenage on June 23, Sunderland's Stadium Of Light on June 24 and Dublin's Croke Park on June 26.

You can watch the video for the band's recent single 'The Adventures Of Raindance Maggie' by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

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