RHCP: KLINGHOFFER OUT, FRUSCIANTE BACK IN Wednesday December 18 2019, 6:36 AM

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS have parted ways with guitarist Josh Klinghoffer and have been rejoined by John Frusciante .

Klinghoffer was in the CHILI PEPPERS for a decade, playing on the band's last two studio albums, 2011's "I'm With You" and 2016's "The Getaway" .

In a statement announcing Klinghoffer 's departure, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS called him "a beautiful music who we respect and love."

"The RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS announce that we are parting ways with our guitarist of the past ten years, Josh Klinghoffer ," the band said.

" 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."

The group added: "We also announce, with great excitement and full hearts, that John Frusciante is rejoining our group."

Frusciante joined RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS following the death of founding guitarist Hillel Slovak in 1988. This lineup recorded two highly successful albums that brought the group mainstream popularity: "Mother's Milk" and "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" . Sadly, Frusciante fell into a deep heroin addiction that caused him to leave the band while touring to support "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" . Frusciante rejoined CHILI PEPPERS six years later, playing on 1999 album "Californication" , 2002's "By The Way" and 2006's "Stadium Arcadium" before quitting the band again in September 2009.

Frusciante last performed with RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS singer Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea at a 2016 benefit concert.

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