Josh Klinghoffer

Born Oct 3, 1979

Josh Adam Klinghoffer is an American multi-instrumentalist, who is best known as the current guitarist for the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. Klinghoffer replaced his friend and frequent collaborator John Frusciante, who left the band in 2009. Klinghoffer 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 inductee.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Josh Klinghoffer.


1979 Birth Born on October 3, 1979.


1997 17 Years Old In 1997, at the age of seventeen, Klinghoffer joined The Bicycle Thief, the then-current project from former Thelonious Monster frontman Bob Forrest. … Read More


2002 22 Years Old 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. … Read More
During the first six months of 2004, Klinghoffer continued to assist Frusciante in the studio. … Read More
2008 28 Years Old 1 More Event
Klinghoffer was a touring and session musician for Gnarls Barkley. Klinghoffer appeared on the band's second album, 2008's The Odd Couple and was part of the band's touring lineup to support their first two studio albums which also included an opening slot for the Red Hot Chili Peppers on their Stadium Arcadium tour, a tour Klinghoffer would eventually join as a backing musician in 2007.
2009 29 Years Old 1 More Event
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.


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." … Read More
2011 31 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2011, Klinghoffer wrote and performed the original score for the documentary Bob and the Monster. … Read More
2012 32 Years Old In April 2012, Klinghoffer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. … Read More
2015 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 2015, Klinghoffer returned to the studio with the Chili Peppers to begin work on their eleventh studio album, The Getaway, produced by Gnarls Barkley's Danger Mouse. … Read More
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