Josh Klinghoffer

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Josh Klinghoffer
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Klinghoffer performing with Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Rock in Rio in Madrid, July 2012
Background information
Birth name Joshua Adam Klinghoffer
Born (1979-10-03) October 3, 1979 (age 35)
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Experimental rock, alternative rock, avant-garde, electronica, art rock, funk rock, post-rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer

Main: Guitar, vocals, drums Occasional: synthesizer, keyboards, organ, piano

Other: bass, cello, banjo, flute, marimba, accordion, tuba, vibraphone
Years active 1995–present
Associated acts Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dot Hacker, John Frusciante, Ataxia, The Bicycle Thief, Thelonious Monster, Gnarls Barkley, Sparks, Warpaint
Notable instruments
Fender Stratocaster
Fender Telecaster
Gibson Firebird
Gretsch White Penguin
Gibson ES-335
Fender Jaguar
JB Hutto Montgomery Airline
Fender Bass VI

Joshua Adam Klinghoffer (born October 3, 1979) is an American musician best known as the current guitarist for the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, with whom he has recorded one studio album, I'm With You (2011), and its subsequent b-sides compilation, I'm Beside You (2013). Klinghoffer replaced his friend and frequent collaborator John Frusciante, in 2009, after a period of being a touring member. A multi-instrumentalist, Klinghoffer also fronts the alternative rock band Dot Hacker, and is a former member of the bands, Ataxia, Warpaint and The Bicycle Thief.

Klinghoffer most commonly plays guitar or drums, and sings backup as well as lead vocals. He has also both recorded and toured as a session musician with Gnarls Barkley, Sparks, PJ Harvey, Beck, The Butthole Surfers, Golden Shoulders and Vincent Gallo amongst others. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Red Hot Chili Peppers on April 14, 2012, becoming the Hall of Fame's youngest-ever living inductee.

Life and career[edit]

Early career and The Bicycle Thief (1995–2001)[edit]

Dropping out of formal education at the age of 15, Klinghoffer became involved in performing and recording music in Los Angeles at an early age. Klinghoffer describes himself at this time as "[the] little music dork who lived around the corner, dropped out of high school, and was just playing guitar all day long."[1] In 1997, at the age of seventeen, Klinghoffer joined The Bicycle Thief, the then-current project from former Thelonious Monster frontman Bob Forrest. Red Hot Chili Peppers vocalist Anthony Kiedis noted that, "Bob [Forrest] has always had a very keen sensibility about finding extremely talented and down-to-earth people who just want to get to a kitchen and write a song."[2] The band's subsequent studio album, You Come and Go Like a Pop Song, marked Klinghoffer's first recording experience.[1] Regarding bandmate Forrest's notorious drug addiction, which arguably stalled Thelonious Monster's commercial success, Klinghoffer stated at this time that he: "Pretty much had enough confidence in myself to know that I wasn't gonna be 'the next Bob Forrest'." It was during the recording of Bicycle Thief album that Josh first met John Frusciante, who came in to record a guitar solo. The two eventually began to hang out and listen to music together at Frusciante's home.[3]

In 2000, The Bicycle Thief opened for Red Hot Chili Peppers, as the latter toured in support of their seventh studio album, Californication.

John Frusciante and Ataxia (2002–2004)[edit]

Klinghoffer and then-Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante began writing together in 2002, with the hopes of recording and releasing an album under a band name. This album was eventually released as a John Frusciante solo release in 2004, entitled Shadows Collide with People.[4] Regarding this decision, Frusciante stated:

During the first six months of 2004, Klinghoffer continued to assist Frusciante in the studio. Klinghoffer's drums, bass, vocals, keyboards, and/or guitar can be heard on the full-length albums The Will to Death, Inside of Emptiness, and more recently in 2009's The Empyrean. 2004's A Sphere in the Heart of Silence is also credited to both musicians, and features several tracks with Klinghoffer on vocals, lead guitar, synthesizers and sequencing. He plays drums along with Frusciante and Fugazi bassist Joe Lally in Automatic Writing and AW II, under the name Ataxia.

Frusciante commented on his relationship with Klinghoffer in 2004 stating: "He's simply a very talented person and has been a very close friend for the past four years. He's one of the very few people who I really like to spend a lot of time with. In many respects he's the person who is closest to me, and with whom I can speak honestly about everything. His opinion is very important to me and I value it a lot."[5]

In 2004, Klinghoffer also appeared on former bandmate Bob Forrest's latest studio album with Thelonious Monster, California Clam Chowder.

Dot Hacker (2008—present)[edit]

Klinghoffer founded his own band, Dot Hacker, in 2008, where he holds the position of primary songwriter, singer, rhythm guitarist and pianist. In 2012, they released their first full length album, Inhibition. The title track to Inhibition was first played in a Bob Forrest radio show.[6] A previously unreleased track, "Rewire", is also included in the digital-only 4-song Dot Hacker EP.[7]

Dot Hacker released the first of two new albums, 'How's Your Process (Work)', on 1 July 2014, with the second album, 'How's Your Process (Play)' due to be released later in 2014. The band have played at The Chapel, San Francisco[8] in July 2014 and are due to play in Los Angeles in August 2014. They are likely to announce more dates before the release of the Red Hot Chili Peppers new album in late 2014/15.[9]

Red Hot Chili Peppers (2007–present)[edit]

In 2007, Klinghoffer played with Red Hot Chili Peppers on the final few legs of their Stadium Arcadium tour, playing additional guitar, backing vocals, and keyboard parts alongside the band. This tour would ultimately be John Frusciante's last with the band, and Klinghoffer's first. On May 8, 2009, amidst confusion as to whether Frusciante still remained within Red Hot Chili Peppers, Klinghoffer, Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith, Ron Wood and Ivan Neville performed under the name, The Insects, at a MusiCares in honor of Kiedis's commitment to helping those struggling with addiction and recovery.[10]

In 2009, the Red Hot Chili Peppers ended a two-year hiatus, and were joined by Klinghoffer in the studio to begin work on their tenth album, I'm With You. At the time, unbeknownst to the public, Frusciante had already quit the band earlier that year however had yet to announce his departure. In January 2010, Klinghoffer performed with the band for the first time as their lead guitarist at a MusiCares tribute event to Neil Young for a performance of Young's "A Man Needs a Maid." It was later revealed he would permanently replace Frusciante as guitarist.[11] Klinghoffer was officially named the replacement for John Frusciante in early 2010. Regarding his entry into the band, Klinghoffer notes, "I've always been attracted to the idea of a tight-knit unit, a band of family, a brotherhood. Since my earliest memory, they always seemed like a band with a lot of love for each other."[12]

In May 2010, Klinghoffer along with Flea performed the United States national anthem at a Lakers home playoff game during the NBA Western Conference Finals series against the Phoenix Suns.[13]

After eleven months of writing and rehearsing, the Chili Peppers began recording their new album on September 13, 2010.[14] According to drummer Chad Smith, Klinghoffer also sang, wrote music and played keyboards on the upcoming album.[15] Recording for the new album was completed on March 18, 2011 and was in the process of being mixed. The album, now called I'm with You, was released on August 29, 2011. The band's first single off the new album was "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie".[16]

In 2011, Klinghoffer wrote and performed the original score for the documentary Bob and the Monster. Klinghoffer also appears in the documentary, which is based on the life and career of musician and drug counselor Bob Forrest.[17] Klinghoffer was said to have recorded on at least one track on former Jane's Addiction bassist Eric Avery's second solo album, however LIFE.TIME. did not include it.[18] On July 10, 2011, Klinghoffer appeared at the 2011 School of Rock's Rock the House Tour which also featured Keith Morris and Page Hamilton. Klinghoffer joined the School of Rock kids on stage to perform Red Hot Chili Peppers songs "Dani California" and "Give It Away". This was the first time he performed any of the Chili Peppers' songs live since officially joining the band as their guitarist.[19]

In April 2012, Klinghoffer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. At 32 years of age, Klinghoffer is the youngest artist ever inducted, passing Stevie Wonder, who was 38 when he was inducted.[20]


with Bob Forrest
with Dot Hacker
with Golden Shoulders
  • Let My Burden Be (2002)
  • Friendship Is Deep (2004)
  • Get Reasonable (2009)
with John Frusciante
with Red Hot Chili Peppers
Other appearances



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  2. ^ Appleford, Steve. (2011-08-07) Red Hot Chili Peppers' rebirth. Retrieved on 2011-11-24.
  3. ^ "Josh Klinghoffer Interview Guitar World Magazine October 2011 Red Hot Chili Peppers I’m With You". 2011-08-19. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  4. ^ John Frusciante unofficial website – Invisible Movement › Revamp!. Retrieved on 2011-11-24.
  5. ^ John Frusciante unofficial website – Invisible Movement › Revamp!. Retrieved on 2011-11-24.
  6. ^ Dot Hacker. Dot Hacker. Retrieved on 2011-11-24.
  7. ^ [1]. iTunes Music. Retrieved on 2012-03-06.
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  9. ^ Red Hot Chili Peppers#Eleventh studio album .282013.E2.80.93present.29
  10. ^ "MusiCares Salutes Anthony Kiedis". Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  11. ^ "GRAMMY Camper Nick Arnold Interview With Red Hot Chili Peppers' Drummer Chad Smith". 2010-02-08. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  12. ^ Red Hot Chili Peppers' rebirth – Page 2. Retrieved on 2011-11-24.
  13. ^ “” (2010-05-27). "Flea plays the national anthem w/ the bass before Lakers vs Suns". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  14. ^ Anthony Kiedis Interview Surfrider 11.09.10 Talks NEW Red Hot Chili Peppers Album & John Frusciante. YouTube. Retrieved on 2011-11-24.
  15. ^ "Chad Smith talks new Chickenfoot, Red Hot Chili Peppers albums". 2010-05-06. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  16. ^ The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie | Song Reviews. Rolling Stone (2011-07-18). Retrieved on 2011-11-24.
  17. ^ Trailer for SXSW’s Bob and the Monster. (2011-02-18). Retrieved on 2011-11-24.
  18. ^ "Twitter / Eric Avery: recorded my friend josh's". Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  19. ^ Dani California. YouTube. Retrieved on 2011-11-24.
  20. ^ "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame News, Commentary and Analysis". Future Rock Legends. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 

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