Josh Klinghoffer Compares Pearl Jam And Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Band Structures


Josh Klinghoffer recently joined an interview with KROQ and compared the band structures of Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers. The musician said the distribution of roles is different in every band.

As a guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer has worked with many prominent names and groups in the music world, including Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam. The guitarist has been a friend of RHCP members since the late ’90s and has played with them on several shows. After the band’s long-time guitarist John Frusciante left in 2009, Klinghoffer replaced him as the new guitarist. He appeared on the band’s two studio albums but departed from the band in 2019 when Frusciante decided to return.

After leaving Red Hot Chili Peppers, the guitarist released two solo records with Pluralone. Then, Pearl Jam recruited Josh Klinghoffer as a touring musician, and he gave his debut performance with the band at the Sea.Hear.Now Festival in 2021. He has been performing with the band since then. Klinghoffer also appeared in the recordings of Eddie Vedder’s third solo album, ‘Earthling.’

During a recent interview, the guitarist reflected on whether each of the bands he has played with scratched a different itch and whether he needed to wear a different hat each time. Klinghoffer explained that he could agree with that due to the various instruments and roles he had in each band. He thinks every band’s dynamic is distinct from each other, and they are unique in their way. He has enjoyed playing in them as they added something new to him.

Here is Josh Klinghoffer’s comparison of Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers:

“I think that might be something I could say simply because of maybe the different instrument or the different role in the band. So, every situation is unique in that way. Chili Peppers was one of four people, and there was the guitar, the bass, the vocals, and the drums.

With Eddie, there are two guitarists, and there are some keyboards to do. So, the band itself and the dynamic of the band is different every time. I guess as far as itch scratching, I’ve been able to scratch many itches.”

You can watch the entire conversation below.