Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer spoke in a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine and revealed how he felt after his departure from the band.
As you know, Red Hot Chili Peppers officially announced that their legendary guitarist John Frusciante back in the band.
Josh Klinghoffer talked about his departure and said:
“Sad. I’m Zen in the fact that at the end of the day, I respect any of their decisions and I’m happy for them and I’m glad that they’re playing together and doing what they’re doing.
I’m sad for songs that I wrote with them that didn’t make it onto ‘I’m With You.’ That was the thing with Brian [Danger Mouse, ‘The Getaway’ producer]: We had done 40 or 50 songs and his production style is he likes to build songs from scratch and I was, like, ‘We have all these songs.’
So he picked a few of ours that he liked. And then we came up with some from scratch with him in the studio, which was fun and cool. But the magic about the Chili Peppers is that – and it’s rarer and rarer these days – is it’s four guys in a room playing and then they more or less record them live.
And that’s basically what I wanted to do. I just didn’t want to do it with [Rick Rubin] who made me feel like the outsider and is the kind of person that doesn’t really have the ability or the care to nurture a new relationship.”
He also revealed his last phone call with John and said:
“I reached out to him on my birthday when I was in Brazil because I knew I was going to see him for the first time in a decade, and said, ‘Hey, I just want you to know that I love you deeply and I’ve always considered you a friend. And I know I’m going to see you soon so I hope you’re well.’
He wrote right back; I couldn’t quite understand what he said. Sometimes people’s syntax doesn’t really make sense when they type.
We saw each other 17 days later and it was brief but cordial. But then the whole rest of the day was kind of weird. I’m sure in his mind, by that point, he knew what was on the horizon.”
Click here for the source of the statement via Ultimate-Guitar.