John Frusciante returns to the Red Hot Chili Peppers

    The guitarist left the band over a decade ago.

    John Frusciante Red Hot Chili Peppers
    John Frusciante. Image: Greetsia Tent / WireImage

    Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced that John Frusciante has returned after a decade-long absence, replacing Josh Klinghoffer as lead guitarist.

    The band broke the news with a post on their Instagram. “Josh is 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,” the statement reads. “We also announce, with great excitement and full hearts, that John Frusciante is rejoining our group.”

    Frusciante first joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1988 when he was 18, and was featured on the 1988 record Mothers Milk and 1991’s seminal Blood Sugar Sex Magik. He departed the band in 1992, but returned six years later, where he would stay ’til 2009 and record for the albums Californication (1999), By the Way (2002) and Stadium Arcadium.

    Check out the band’s Instagram post below: