Josh Klinghofer | Josh Klinghoffer says the Red Hot Chili Peppers were “enormously suffocating creatively”
Josh Klinghoffer thinks being in the Red Hot Chili Peppers was “enormously stifling creatively”.
The musician – who was kicked out of the band after a decade when longtime guitarist John Frusciante joined in 2019 – insisted there was no option to ‘deviate’ from the signature sound of the group “By The Way”.
He told Guitar World magazine: “Obviously it’s sad when something is taken from you.
“I had a perfect 10 years with them, but as much as I love these guys and love playing with them, it was also extremely stifling creatively.
“It’s an established band with an established sound, and I’ve learned over time that it’s hard to deviate from that.”
The 42-year-old explained that he initially tried to avoid “certain chords” in his writing “if they sounded like something John would play”, or something from a previous record.
However, he added, “I thought I was doing a good job writing with them, but it ended up not being part of my story, or if it’s part of my story with them, it’s a small part. .
“Even though I thought they were ready for experimentation, they generally stayed in their own lane.”
Josh described his time with the band as “a blessing and a great experience”, although he’s happy it’s over now that he’s focused on his work with Pearl Jam and the grunge legend frontman.” Alive” Eddie Vedder on his new solo album.
With Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam, Josh found himself joining bands with a wealth of material, but he wasn’t overwhelmed with songs to learn from scratch.
He explained: “I was already in the orbit of the Chili Peppers before I joined them. I was good friends with John and toured with the band in 2007 as second guitarist.
“I generally knew what they did and didn’t play, so I knew what to work on. Some songs on ‘Stadium Arcadium’ were unfamiliar to me on guitar, but I knew [‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’] backwards and forwards.
“In the case of Pearl Jam, I know their catalog from the first to the fifth record like the back of my hand. The albums from 2000, I don’t know them either.”