They announced the news along with the fact that they are parting ways with Josh Klinghoffer, who was the guitarist this past decade.
Frusciante joined the band about a year before their 1989 breakthrough album Mother’s Milk dropped. He then parted ways in 1992 due to personal issues both within the band and within himself. Frusciante rejoined in 1998 after overcoming drug addiction.
Frusciante remained with the band until 2009, citing his music had taken him in another direction but the split was amicable by all parties this time. Enter Josh Klinghoffer who would take over guitar duties until well, now. The band put out a statement on Instagram yesterday.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers announce that we are parting ways with our guitarist of the past ten years, Josh Klinghoffer. Josh is a beautiful musician who we respect and love. We are deeply grateful for our time with him, and the countless gifts he shared with us.
We also announce, with great excitement and full hearts, that John Frusciante is rejoining our group. Thank you.
Fans are taking very kindly to the news that Frusciante is back in the band. Check out some reactions below.
— Sam McCabe (@SamAMcCabe) December 15, 2019
OMFG, JOHN FRUSCIANTE IS BACK WITH THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Video underneath is my current mood: pic.twitter.com/MvmSV42nsl
— M A D D I E (@xniightdreamer) December 15, 2019
THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS JUST ANNOUNCED THAT JOHN FRUSCIANTE IS REJOINING THE BAND AND 12 YEAR OLD ME IS DOING FUCKING BACKFLIPS WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE
— NYY FOREVER (@NYYF0REVER) December 15, 2019
At first I thought this was a joke but it is 100% true. John Anthony Motherf****g Frusciante is rejoining the Red Hot Chili Peppers! pic.twitter.com/n2lMI1BgNp
— Default Girl (@Dfault_gal) December 15, 2019
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