Josh Klinghoffer says playing with the Red Hot Chili Peppers was "enormously stifling creatively": "They’re an established band with an established sound"

Anthony Kiedis (left) and Josh Klinghoffer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform onstage at the Whole Child International's Inaugural Gala at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on October 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California
(Image credit: Rich Polk/Getty Images/Whole Child International)

Back in 2019, electric guitar player Josh Klinghoffer was bumped out of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, with whom he had been playing for over a decade, in favor of John Frusciante, the six-stringer who – during two previous tenures with the band – helped shape their best-selling albums and define their sound.

In a new interview with Guitar World, Klinghoffer candidly reflected on both the positive and negative aspects of his time with the stadium-conquering funk rockers.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.

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