(CelebrityAccess) — The Red Hot Chili Peppers announced that guitarist John Frusciante is rejoining the band.
Frusciante will be replacing Josh Klinghoffer who himself replaced Frusciante when he exited the group in 2009.
The split with Klinghoffer appears to be amicable with Flea describing the departing guitarist as 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,” Flea added.
While he wasn’t a founding member of RHCP, Frusciante joined the band in 1988 following the death of guitarist Hillel Slovak. During his on-again, off-again tenure with the band, he recorded with them on five albums, including their seminal 1991 breakthrough “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” and the preceding album “Mother’s Milk.”
Frusciante mostly recently left the group in 2009 while the band was on hiatus and has pursued a solo career as well as his side project Trickfinger.