Pearl Jam has a new member of its touring band: Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer.

Klinghoffer performed with Pearl Jam for their entire headlining set of the Sea.Hear.Now Festival in Asbury Park, N.J. over the weekend, which also marked the first concert from Pearl Jam in three years.

Consequence of Sound reported, “Reached for comment, a representative for Pearl Jam confirmed Klinghoffer’s addition as a touring musician.”

Klinghoffer was fired from the Chili Peppers in 2019, and the band announced that December that John Frusciante was returning as RHCP’s guitarist. Klinghoffer reflected on his dismissal in a January 2020 appearance on the WTF with Marc Maron Podcast saying, “I rode my bike over [to Flea’s house]. They just said, ‘We’ll get right to it. We’ve decided to ask John to come back to the band.’ And I just sat there quiet for a second and I said, ‘I’m not surprised.’ And the only thing I could think to say was, ‘I wish I could have done something with you guys, musically or creatively, that would have made this an absolute impossibility.’”

Klinghoffer also mentioned, “It’s absolutely John’s place to be in that band. So that’s why I’m happy for him, I’m happy that he’s back with them. If John coming back had happened five years ago, it would have been hard for me, temporally, to weigh [my work] against what they had. Now, after 10 years, two tours, and almost three albums of writing, I’m really proud of what I did with them. I feel like we did create something.”


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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights

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