Josh Klinghoffer Admits His Lack Of Contribution To Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ former guitarist Josh Klinghoffer recently discussed his role in the band in an appearance on the Tuna on Toast With Stryker podcast. The musician stated that he didn’t deserve to be inducted into the Hall of Fame with them because his contributions didn’t live up to the other band members.

Josh Klinghoffer was Red Hot Chili Peppers’ guitarist for more than a decade and has created some of their iconic albums with them. The guitarist is present in nine of the band’s albums and has contributed to them. His presence in the band was enough to carry RHCP to prominence, but apparently, the band members wanted their former guitarist John Frusciante back.

In 2019, the band dismissed Klinghoffer and hired Frusciante again. Everyone, including the band members, fans, and Klinghoffer, understood why the band wanted to work with Frusciante again. His chemistry with the members was incomparable to anyone. Even though Klinghoffer was caught off guard, there weren’t any hard feelings, as he understood the situation. The guitarist found his place in Pearl Jam’s touring crew.

In 2012, while he was still in RHCP, the guitarist was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame as a band member. He recently spoke about this honor and stated that he wasn’t comfortable with the whole idea. He thought he was inducted with them solely because of being a member since he didn’t put as much greatness out there as the rest of the band members did as he was only in the group for two years.

Here is what the rocker stated about his induction:

“I don’t pay attention much to the Hall of Fame because it’s such a technicality that I’m in there. I didn’t do the wonderful things that the rest of the band did. At the time, it was only a two-year run. So I felt like a bit of a fraud being up there.”

You can watch the full interview below.