Red Hot Chili Peppers confirm new album with return of John Frusciante

Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Red Hot Chili Peppers. Photo credit: Getty

This is a public service announcement for all Chili Peppers' fans - a new album is on the horizon, with fan favourite John Frusciante resuming his role as guitarist.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, drummer Chad Smith confirmed the alternative rock band was "writing a new record".

"John is back in the band and everyone knows that. We're psyched. The festivals are the only shows booked. For now, we'll mostly be concentrating on new songs and writing a new record," he told the magazine.

"We're all real excited to make new music."

The 'Californication' rockers announced Frusciante's return in December, confirming that his replacement, Josh Klinghoffer, was leaving the band after a decade.

Chad Smith, Anthony Kiedis, Flea and John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers signing items for auction in MTV, VH1 & CMT's ReAct Now: Music & Relief greenroom. For more information about ReAct Now: Music & Relief, please go to, or (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
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"Josh is a beautiful musician who we respect and love. We are deeply grateful for our time with him, and the countless gifts he shared with us," Smith, lead singer Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea shared in a social media post.

Frusciante first joined the Chili Peppers in 1988 after the band's original guitarist, Hillel Slovak, died of a heroin overdose. The 49-year-old has contributed to some of the band's most iconic albums, including Blood Sugar Sex Magik in 1991 and Californication in 1999. 

Tensions in the group forced Frusciante to leave for the first time in 1992. He returned in 1998 after battling years of drug addiction, but left again in 2009 following the band's brief hiatus.