Former-Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer shed light on his new gig as Pearl Jam‘s supplemental live guitarist. Klinghoffer was let go by the Chili Peppers in December 2019 after 10 years together when veteran guitarist John Frusciante rejoined the band.

During a chat with Consequence Of Sound, Klinghoffer spoke about performing with his heroes in Pearl Jam: “It’s enormously gratifying. My bedroom wall when I was like 11, 12, 13 years old was all these people. I feel like I’ve known these guys for 30 years already, I don’t know if that will make it work better or not.”

Klinghoffer went on to say, “I mean obviously the role that I’m filling in their band is kind of funny at the moment, just in terms of the music that they’ve recorded in the past and the songs that I know really well. I’m sort of doing a new role, playing a lot of percussion or background vocals, predominantly with the new stuff. And then anything that’s an older song that has a harmony, extra little things that they sort of get by without, I have free range to add if it makes sense to.”


In addition to his road work with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Josh Klinghoffer is featured on the band’s releases:

  • I’m With You (2011)
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers Live: I’m With You (2011)
  • “Official Bootlegs” (2011 – 2018)
  • 2011 Live EP (2012)
  • Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Covers EP (2012)
  • I’m With You Sessions (2012 – 2013)
  • I’m Beside You (2013)
  • The Getaway (2016)
  • Live In Paris EP (2016)

CHECK IT OUT: Eddie Vedder with Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer on keyboards performing “Long Way” at Live At Ohana 2021: