Flea Addresses Having An ‘Effortless Connection’ With John Frusciante Unlike Josh Klinghoffer
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea recently opened up about his musical and professional relationship with John Frusciante and compared it to their former guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. He stated that he always had an effortless connection with Frusciante while he often needed to explain and talk with Klinghoffer.
Since when he first joined the band in 2009, Red Hot Chili Peppers had Josh Klinghoffer as their guitarist. With Klinghoffer, the band released nine albums and continued their success which began when they formed in 1983. The musician replaced their original guitarist John Frusciante, who had left the band to focus on his solo career back in 2009.
After hiring and working with Klinghoffer for ten years, the band started seeing Frusciante again and slowly pulled him back to their circle, eventually rejoining RHCP. Naturally, Klinghoffer was initially disappointed, and even though the band members’ hearts broke, they had to let him go to take Frusciante in. The guitarist was very understanding, but the whole situation was emotional.
RHCP just released a new album entitled ‘Unlimited Love’ followed up by a tour. Even though there are credits for Klinghoffer in the album, Frusciante will be present instead of him while on the road. The comparisons between Klinghoffer and Frusciante continued after the two musicians worked on the same album. Discussions have been a loop for the fans even though they’d rather see Frusciante on stage. Klinghoffer put an effort of ten years into the band, which shouldn’t be underestimated.
But at the end of the day, it’s about how the band members feel about one another. Flea recently opened up about his relationship with Josh Klinghoffer and John Frusciante. He stated that he and Klinghoffer had to talk everything through, discuss and establish while with Frusciante, he has something ready to fit all the time, and it flows more naturally.
Here is what he said about Klinghoffer and Frusciante:
“With Josh, yes, he’s a great musician, but there was oftentimes a lot of talking about what to do, ‘Can we try this?’ ‘Can we try that?’ ‘Can we do this?’ Like, ‘Not wanting to be offensive, can you try doing it this other way?’ And he is the same way as me. I’m not saying like, ‘Oh, he didn’t understand it.’ I didn’t understand, you know what I mean?
He would play something, and I was like, ‘Well, what’s the right thing for me to do here?’ And that’s just different reference points, different nervous systems, different things that you can’t control, and spiritual things that I don’t think we understand. I don’t, at least.
Just really wishing for that effortless connection, and soon as John came back, it’s there. Every time I’ve come in with something, something that starts with a bassline, not from a piano, and John has the perfect thing from the beginning, like, ‘Boom, done, there it is.’ We don’t have to talk about it. It’s just a knowing, a gut reaction in your kidneys.“
You can listen to the interview below.