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We Lost Our Magic After Frusciante Left Admits Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea

Tuesday, 15 November 2011 Written by Elliott Batte
We Lost Our Magic After Frusciante Left Admits Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea

The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ super-talented bassist Flea has admitted that the band has indeed lost some of its ‘magic’ since the departure of guitarist John Frusciante.

The Californian band split ways with their long-running guitarist John Frusciante in 2009 after he went onto focus on his solo career, and replaced him with ex-Warpaint guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. After spending the majority of their career with Frusciante, during which Flea claimed he had ‘established a language together’, it’s understandable that the band had a harder time getting the same feel when working with Klinghoffer.

When asked whether he found Frusciante’s departure made any difference to the group, Flea replied “A lot! John and I had established such a language together – if I started playing bass with John, he'd make awesome grooves that we didn't need to talk about or think about.

“With Josh, we'd start playing something and I'd be like, 'OK, when is he going to do that magic thing where we create the cosmic perfect groove?' and he just wouldn't do it. But then I realised that I was sitting there waiting for something because it's what I was used to, and that I need to let Josh be Josh.”

You can catch RHCP’s fresh line-up on tour of the UK right now. Check below for the dates and details.

Red Hot Chili Peppers UK & Ireland Tour Dates are as follows:

Tue November 15th 2011 - Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester
Thu November 17th 2011 - Motorpoint Arena Sheffield, Sheffield
Sat November 19th 2011 - LG Arena Birmingham, Birmingham
Sun November 20th 2011 - LG Arena Birmingham, Birmingham
Sat June 23rd 2012 - Knebworth Park, Stevenage
Sun June 24th 2012 - Sunderland Stadium Of Light, Sunderland
Tue June 26th 2012 - Croke Park Stadium, Dublin

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