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Josh Klinghoffer

Background information
Birth name Josh Adam Klinghoffer
Born October 3, 1979 (1979-10-03) (age 30)
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Alternative rock, avant-garde, experimental rock, electronica
Occupations Musician, Songwriter, Music producer
Instruments Drums, Guitar, Synthesizer, Bass, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals
Years active 1997 - present
Associated acts Red Hot Chili Peppers
John Frusciante
Dot Hacker
The Bicycle Thief
Gnarls Barkley

Josh Klinghoffer (born October 3, 1979) is an American musician, record producer and the current guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He has toured with, and played as a studio musician with, numerous artists, including The Bicycle Thief, Gnarls Barkley, Beck, the Butthole Surfers, John Frusciante, Golden Shoulders, Jon Brion, Neon Neon, PJ Harvey, Sparks, that dog., Thelonious Monster, The Insects, The Format, Vincent Gallo and Warpaint.

Klinghoffer has been involved in music from a very early age as a talented multi-instrumentalist, after having dropped out of formal education at age 15. Josh's first recording experience came as the instrumentalist of the short lived band, The Bicycle Thief, who were fronted by singer Bob Forrest. In 2000, Klinghoffer and The Bicycle Thief were one of the opening acts on the Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication tour. Klinghoffer was also briefly a member of Forrest's other group, Thelonious Monster, a band that at one point auditioned John Frusciante before he joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Klinghoffer is perhaps best known for his work with his friend, Frusciante and has regularly contributed to his solo albums including a joint album titled A Sphere In The Heart Of Silence. Klinghoffer and Frusciante have also collaborated with Joe Lally of Fugazi in 2004 under the name Ataxia. During this short period they played two live shows and released two albums, Automatic Writing and AW II. Despite being released several years apart, these albums were both recorded at the same time.

In 2007, Klinghoffer joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers for the later part of the Stadium Arcadium tour as a backing musician where he provided backing vocals, keyboard instruments and a second guitar to the band.

On May 8, 2009, Klinghoffer, Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith, Ron Wood and Ivan Neville performed under the name, The Insects at a MusiCares event to honor Kiedis for his commitment to helping other addicts with addiction and recovery.[1]

In 2009, Klinghoffer founded the band, Dot Hacker, of which he is the key songwriter, singer, rhythm guitarist and piano player.

In October 2009, Klinghoffer joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers in the studio to begin work on their tenth studio album. On January 29, 2010, Klinghoffer performed with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, this time as their lead guitarist at a MusiCares tribute to Neil Young for a performance of Young's A Man Needs A Maid. On February 8, 2010, Chad Smith confirmed that Klinghoffer was the new guitarist in place of Frusciante. [2]




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