Josh Klinghoffer feels Red Hot Chili Peppers were “doing cooler music” before he left

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Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer has shared his thoughts on the band’s new albums, Unlimited Love and Return of the Dream Canteen.

During an interview with Brazil’s 5 Notas, Klinghoffer says, “It’s tough, only because I honestly think we were doing cooler music.”

“I would love for it to have been finished,” he adds.

Klinghoffer joined RHCP in 2009, and played on 2011’s I’m With You and 2016’s The Getaway albums. He parted ways with the group when longtime on-again, off-again guitarist John Frusciante rejoined in late 2019. Presumably the material Klinghoffer is referring to was in the works prior to Frusciante’s return.

“I never want to sound negative about anyone doing music,” Klinghoffer says. “But … I was shocked when I heard [RHCP’s] new record.”

On a personal level, though, Klinghoffer says he “still [has] an enormous love” for Frusciante.

“He’s one of my musicians, one of my favorite writers,” Klinghoffer says.

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