Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer looked back on his first album with the band and said he wished he’d told producer Rick Rubin to quit the recording sessions.
Klinghoffer was hired in 2009 after John Frusciante left, then fired 10 years later when Frusciante returned to the band. While the parties involved have since explained that it was a decision that had to be made, Klinghoffer was disappointed, having appeared on two Chili Peppers albums – 2011 I agree and 2016 the getaway – but never felt like he achieved what he wanted with the group.
“I’m incredibly conflicted with my production with this band because I feel like in both cases the producers kept us from really making great music or a great record,” the guitarist explained during from an interview with Vinyl Writer Music. “I love almost every song we’ve written together, but we’ve rarely captured them in the best way.”
Klinghoffer was particularly critical of Rubin, who led I agree. “I think Rick Rubin was more of a hindrance than a help,” the rocker noted. “He once said to me, ‘I just want to help the songs be the best they can be. I should have said, ‘Well then, have your driver come and pick you up.'”
In 2020, the guitarist said rolling stone that he had felt like the “strange man” during those sessions, since Rubin and the band had a quarter-century connection. “Like no one else in the band would listen to me; they are going to listen to their friend who they have known, worked with and successfully collaborated with for ages,” he said.
Klinghoffer added that Danger Mouse was cast as the getawaybecause “I didn’t want to work with Rick anymore”, but the resulting record left him just as unhappy. “I never felt like it was easy to fight for what I wanted on this record, so this record ended up being a bunch of songs that I enjoyed, but I wasn’t pleased with the way it sounded.”
In the new interview, Klinghoffer also dismissed the suggestion that he was hired as a touring member of Pearl Jam after working on frontman Eddie Vedder’s 2022 solo album. earthling. “My conversation with Eddie…was a year and a half before the Earthlings [band] landed or existed,” he said. “The moment I left the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam deciding they needed an extra voice and hands on tour for the gigaton record could not have been more perfect. Eddie and I talked about it on his birthday in 2019, eight days after I was fired from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
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