Red Hot Chili Peppers: ‘Josh Klinghoffer has made us a new band’

Anthony Kiedis says the band have responded to a 'curve ball from the universe'

Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ frontman Anthony Kiedis has said that the arrival of new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer has made the funk-rock veterans feel like “a new band”.

Speaking to MTV News Canada, the singer also said that after their longtime guitarist John Frusciante departed, Klinghoffer was the “only choice” to replace him.

Asked about how the band had responded to Frusciante‘s departure, Kiedis said: “Yeah, you know, we’re a new band. Thank goodness. It seemed to be – whether we liked it or not, the right time for that change to take place. It’s so exciting when you get thrown a curveball by the universe and you turn that curveball into a home run, and I feel like that is what happened.”


Kiedis also said that the band did not go through an exhaustive audition process to draft in a new guitarist, revealing that they couldn’t think of anyone but Klinghoffer for the role.

He said of this:

He was the only choice. A lot of it had to do with the fact that he was our friend, it’s just rare that you have someone who is right there and completely over-qualified for the job. That combination doesn’t happen every day, to ignore it would have been stupid and it felt really good to call your friend and asking if he wants to play music, as opposed going to a stranger and asking them that.

Red Hot Chili Peppers will undertake a UK and Ireland arena tour in November, which will take in nine shows, including two nights at London‘s O2 Arena.