Flea has admitted that he had serious doubts about continuing the band without John Frusciante but his ‘profound love’ for Anthony Kiedis kept him in the band. Frusciante quit the band for the second time in 2010 stating that he wanted to ‘make his own music’, Josh Klinghoffer was announced as his replacement.
In an interview with Q Magazine Flea Said:
I’d thought that if John did go that I would definitely not want to continue the band without him. But after he left, something kind of shifted in me and I found a really profound love for the Chili Peppers and particularly for Anthony.
The trickiest part of getting together with Josh for me was also the best, which is that he’s completely different to John. There were things that I had come to expect John to do: he’s such a phenomenal musician that I was used to playing something and – bam! – John would hit it. He and Chad [Smith, drummer] would lock in, and it was undeniably good. Josh is way different. He’d be floating around the outside with this ethereal, textural thing. It was like, ‘Whoa! When’s he gonna do the thing that we know?’ And he didn’t. I had to consciously say to myself, Dude, relax.
Josh Klinghoffer toured with the Red Hot Chili Peppers as a session guitarist for the Stadium Arcadium tour and has also toured with Gnarls Barkley and PJ Harvey as a session musician.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers new album I’m With You is out on August 29th and you can listen to the first single The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie now.