Josh Klinghoffer: "Rick Rubin was way more a hindrance than a help" on Red Hot Chili Peppers' I’m With You

Josh Klinghoffer (left) and Rick Rubin
(Image credit: Jim Bennett/Getty Images, Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Spotify)

Since his departure from the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2019, electric guitar player Josh Klinghoffer has kept plenty busy, touring with Pearl Jam (both as their opening act and as a live member of the band) and with Eddie Vedder's solo band.

He's also released a few solo albums under the Pluralone name, the most recent being this year's This Is The Show. With all that going on, Klinghoffer recently sat down with VW Music for a chat about Pearl Jam, his solo work and his time with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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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.