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

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Frusciante quit the band in 2009 and has since been replaced by former Warpaint member Josh Klinghoffer, who has made his recording debut with the band on their new album ‘I’m With You’, which comes out on August 30.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.