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Background information
Birth nameJosh Adam Klinghoffer
Born (1979-10-03) October 3, 1979 (age 40)
Origin Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Genres Experimental rock, alternative rock, avant-garde, electronica, art rock, funk rock, post-rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist
Instruments Guitar, vocals, drums, keyboards, synthesizer, piano, bass, saxophone, vibraphone
Years active1995–present
Associated acts Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dot Hacker, Gnarls Barkley, John Frusciante, Ataxia, The Bicycle Thief, Pluralone, PJ Harvey, Cate Le Bon, Thelonious Monster, Sparks, Warpaint, Beck, Black Keys, Nate Ruess, Golden Shoulders, Vincent Gallo, Butthole Surfers, The Zoo City Lads

Josh Adam Klinghoffer (born October 3, 1979) is an American musician best known as the current guitarist for the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, with whom he has recorded two studio albums, I'm with You (2011) and The Getaway (2016), and the b-sides compilation, I'm Beside You (2013). Klinghoffer took the place of his friend and frequent collaborator John Frusciante in 2009, after a period as a touring member. Klinghoffer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2012, becoming the Hall of Fame's youngest-ever living inductee at age 32, passing Stevie Wonder, who was 38 when he was inducted. [1]

Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, a style which drew heavily from the genres of blues, rhythm and blues, and from country music. Rock music also drew strongly from a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk, and incorporated influences from jazz, classical and other musical styles. Musically, rock has centered on the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass, drums, and one or more singers. Usually, rock is song-based music usually with a 4/4 time signature using a verse–chorus form, but the genre has become extremely diverse. Like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political.

Red Hot Chili Peppers American rock band

Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1983. The group's musical style primarily consists of rock with an emphasis on funk, as well as elements from other genres such as punk rock and psychedelic rock. When played live, their music incorporates elements of jam band due to the improvised nature of many of their performances. Currently, the band consists of founding members vocalist Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea, longtime drummer Chad Smith, and former touring guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. Red Hot Chili Peppers are one of the best-selling bands of all time with over 80 million records sold worldwide, they have been nominated for sixteen Grammy Awards, of which they have won six, and are the most successful band in alternative rock radio history, currently holding the records for most number-one singles (13), most cumulative weeks at number one (85) and most top-ten songs (25) on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. In 2012, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

<i>Im with You</i> (album) 2011 studio album by Red Hot Chili Peppers

I'm with You is the tenth studio album by the American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. The album was released by Warner Bros. Records on August 26, 2011 in Europe and on August 29, 2011 in the US. The album made its debut at number one in 18 countries including the United Kingdom, while reaching number two in the United States and Canada.


His solo debut album To Be One With You, under the pseudonym of Pluralone, is scheduled for November 22, 2019.

To Be One With You is the debut album from multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Josh Klinghoffer, under the pseudonym of Pluralone. Includes features guest appearances from drummer Jack Irons, former Jane's Addiction bassist Eric Avery, his RHCP bandmate Flea and his bandmates in the experimental rock band Dot Hacker, Eric Gardner and Clint Walsh.

A multi-instrumentalist, Klinghoffer also fronts the alternative rock band Dot Hacker, a group made up of former touring members of Gnarls Barkley, of which Klinghoffer was a member from 2006-2008. He is also a former member of the bands Ataxia, Warpaint and The Bicycle Thief. Klinghoffer most commonly plays guitar or drums, and sings backup as well as lead vocals. He has also both recorded and toured as a session musician with notable artists including PJ Harvey, Beck, the Butthole Surfers, Vincent Gallo, Sparks and Golden Shoulders. Klinghoffer also releases solo materials under the name Pluralone, originally a working title for the group Dot Hacker. [2]

Alternative rock is a style of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1970s and became widely popular in the 1980s. In this instance, the word "alternative" refers to the genre's distinction from mainstream rock music. The term's original meaning was broader, referring to a generation of musicians unified by their collective debt to either the musical style or simply the independent, DIY ethos of punk rock, which in the late 1970s laid the groundwork for alternative music. At times, "alternative" has been used as a catch-all description for music from underground rock artists that receives mainstream recognition, or for any music, whether rock or not, that is seen to be descended from punk rock. Although the genre evolved in the late 1970s and 1980s, music anticipating the sound of the genre can be found as early as the 1960s, with bands such as the Velvet Underground and artists such as Syd Barrett.

Dot Hacker is an American experimental rock band from California, formed in 2008. The band consists of Josh Klinghoffer, Clint Walsh, Jonathan Hischke (bass) and Eric Gardner (drums).

Gnarls Barkley American band

Gnarls Barkley is an American soul duo, composed of singer-songwriter CeeLo Green and producer Danger Mouse. They released their debut studio album, St. Elsewhere, in 2006. It contained their hit single "Crazy", which peaked at number two on the US Hot 100 and topped the UK Singles Chart. It was nominated at the 2007 Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, and was platinum certified for shipping over 1,000,000 records. St. Elsewhere also received a nomination for Album of the Year. The Odd Couple, their second studio album, was scheduled for release in April 2008, but due to a leak of their album over the internet, they decided to release it early. The album in its entirety received good reviews, but it did not have as much commercial success as their first album.

Life and career

Klinghoffer was born on 3 October 1979 in Los Angeles, California. [3] Klinghoffer took drum lessons when he was nine, and taught himself guitar and keyboards. [3] He is a relative of the late Leon Klinghoffer who was murdered by the Palestinian Liberation Front in 1985. [4]

Los Angeles City in California

Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles and often known by its initials L.A., is the most populous city in California; the second most populous city in the United States, after New York City; and the third-most populous city in North America, after Mexico City and New York City. With an estimated population of nearly four million people, Los Angeles is the cultural, financial, and commercial center of Southern California. The city is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity, Hollywood, the entertainment industry, and its sprawling metropolis.

California U.S. state in the United States

California is a state in the Pacific Region of the United States. With 39.6 million residents across a total area of about 163,696 square miles (423,970 km2), California is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area. The state capital is Sacramento. The Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second- and fifth-most populous urban regions, with 18.7 million and 9.7 million residents respectively. Los Angeles is California's most populous city, and the country's second-most populous, after New York City. California also has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County, and its largest county by area, San Bernardino County. The City and County of San Francisco is both the country's second-most densely populated major city after New York City and the fifth-most densely populated county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs.

Leon Klinghoffer was a Jewish-American man, disabled and wheelchair bound, who was shot, killed and thrown overboard by members of the terrorist group known as the Palestine Liberation Front who hijacked the cruise ship Achille Lauro in 1985.

Early career and The Bicycle Thief (1995–2001)

Dropping out of formal education at the age of 15, Klinghoffer became involved in performing and recording music in Los Angeles at an early age. Klinghoffer describes himself at this time as "[the] little music dork who lived around the corner, dropped out of high school, and was just playing guitar all day long." [5] In 1997, at the age of seventeen, Klinghoffer joined The Bicycle Thief, the then-current project from former Thelonious Monster frontman Bob Forrest. Red Hot Chili Peppers vocalist Anthony Kiedis noted that "Bob [Forrest] has always had a very keen sensibility about finding extremely talented and down-to-earth people who just want to get to a kitchen and write a song." [6] The band's subsequent studio album, You Come and Go Like a Pop Song , marked Klinghoffer's first recording experience. [5] Regarding bandmate Forrest's notorious drug addiction, which arguably stalled Thelonious Monster's commercial success, Klinghoffer stated at this time that he: "Pretty much had enough confidence in myself to know that I wasn't gonna be 'the next Bob Forrest'." It was during the recording of Bicycle Thief album that Josh first met John Frusciante, who came in to record a guitar solo. The two eventually began to hang out and listen to music together at Frusciante's home. [7]

The Bicycle Thief was an American alternative rock band fronted by Bob Forrest. After a break from the music industry after the demise of his previous band, Thelonious Monster, Forrest started jamming with Josh Klinghoffer and in 1997 they played a covers gig and Forrest started recording demos on a 4-track. After Goldenvoice's Paul Tollett offered him a deal he and Klinghoffer recorded The Bicycle Thief's debut, joined on the album by Kevin Fitzgerald. This was Klinghoffer's first recording experience and he contributed guitars, keyboards, and on some tracks the drums.

Thelonious Monster is a punk rock band from Los Angeles, led by singer-songwriter Bob Forrest. Active from 1983 to 1994, and again since 2004, the band has released five original studio albums. Despite never achieving mainstream success, a number of popular acts cite them as influential.

Bob Forrest American singer

Robert O'Neil "Bob" Forrest is a musician who is best known for his work with the Los Angeles bands Thelonious Monster and The Bicycle Thief. Forrest, a former drug addict, has worked for years as a recovery advocate and is the Co-Founder of Alo House Recovery Centers where he helps other overcome their drug addictions. Forrest currently hosts podcasts called Rehab Bob and "This Life" with "Dr. Drew". Forrest is the former Chemical Dependency Program Director at Las Encinas Hospital. In 2010, he and co-founder Shelly Sprague launched Hollywood Recovery Services.

In 2000, The Bicycle Thief opened for Red Hot Chili Peppers, as the latter toured in support of their seventh studio album, Californication .

<i>Californication</i> (album) 1999 studio album by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Californication is the seventh studio album by American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. It was released on June 8, 1999, on Warner Bros. Records and was produced by Rick Rubin. Californication marked the return of John Frusciante, who had previously appeared on Mother's Milk and Blood Sugar Sex Magik, to replace Dave Navarro as the band's guitarist. Frusciante's return was credited with changing the band's sound altogether, producing a notable shift in style from the music recorded with Navarro. The album's subject material incorporated various sexual innuendos commonly associated with the band, but also contained more varied themes than previous outings, including death, contemplations of suicide, California, drugs, globalization, and travel.

John Frusciante and Ataxia (2002–2004)

Klinghoffer and then-Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante began writing together in 2002, with the hopes of recording and releasing an album under a band name. This album was eventually released as a John Frusciante solo release in 2004, entitled Shadows Collide with People . [8] Regarding this decision, Frusciante stated:

During the first six months of 2004, Klinghoffer continued to assist Frusciante in the studio. Klinghoffer's drums, bass, vocals, keyboards, and/or guitar can be heard on the full-length albums The Will to Death , Inside of Emptiness , and in 2009's The Empyrean . 2004's A Sphere in the Heart of Silence is also credited to both musicians, and features several tracks with Klinghoffer on vocals, lead guitar, synthesizers and sequencing. He plays drums along with Frusciante and Fugazi bassist Joe Lally in Automatic Writing and AW II , under the name Ataxia.

Frusciante commented on his relationship with Klinghoffer in 2004 stating: "He's simply a very talented person and has been a very close friend for the past four years. He's one of the very few people who I really like to spend a lot of time with. In many respects he's the person who is closest to me, and with whom I can speak honestly about everything. His opinion is very important to me and I value it a lot." [8]

In 2004, Klinghoffer also appeared on former bandmate Bob Forrest's latest studio album with Thelonious Monster, California Clam Chowder .

Gnarls Barkley (2006–2008)

Klinghoffer was a touring and session musician for Gnarls Barkley. Klinghoffer appeared on the band's second album, 2008's The Odd Couple and was part of the band's touring lineup to support their first two studio albums which also included an opening slot for the Red Hot Chili Peppers on their Stadium Arcadium tour , a tour Klinghoffer would eventually join as a backing musician in 2007.

Dot Hacker (2008–present)

Klinghoffer founded his own band, Dot Hacker, in 2008, where he holds the position of primary songwriter, singer, rhythm guitarist and pianist. The group is made up of former touring musicians for Gnarls Barkley. In 2012, they released their first full-length album, Inhibition. The title track to Inhibition was first played in a Bob Forrest radio show. [9] A previously unreleased track, "Rewire", is also included in the digital-only 4-song Dot Hacker EP. [10]

Dot Hacker released the first of two new albums, 'How's Your Process (Work)', on 1 July 2014, with the second album, 'How's Your Process (Play)' due to be released later in 2014. The band has played at The Chapel, San Francisco [11] in July 2014 and are due to play in Los Angeles in August 2014. The band announced plans to play Tokyo in February 2015 in support of the two albums. This will be their first time performing outside of the United States. [12] Dot Hacker released their third album, N°3, on January 20, 2017.

Red Hot Chili Peppers (2007–present)

In 2007, Klinghoffer played with Red Hot Chili Peppers on the final few legs of their Stadium Arcadium tour, playing additional guitar, backing vocals, and keyboard parts alongside the band. This tour would ultimately be John Frusciante's last with the band, and Klinghoffer's first. On May 8, 2009, amidst confusion as to whether Frusciante still remained within Red Hot Chili Peppers, Klinghoffer, Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith, Ron Wood and Ivan Neville performed under the name The Insects at a MusiCares in honor of Kiedis's commitment to helping those struggling with addiction and recovery. [13]

With RHCP bassist Flea, at Lollapalooza Chile, 2014 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Lollapalooza Chile 2014 (13678546523).jpg
With RHCP bassist Flea, at Lollapalooza Chile, 2014

In 2009, the Chili Peppers ended a two-year hiatus, and were joined by Klinghoffer in the studio to begin work on their tenth album, I'm with You . At the time, unbeknownst to the public, Frusciante had already quit the band earlier that year without announcing his departure. In January 2010, Klinghoffer performed with the band for the first time as their lead guitarist at a MusiCares tribute event to Neil Young for a performance of Young's "A Man Needs a Maid." It was later revealed he would permanently replace Frusciante as guitarist. [14] Klinghoffer was officially named the replacement for John Frusciante in early 2010. Regarding his entry into the band, Klinghoffer notes, "I've always been attracted to the idea of a tight-knit unit, a band of family, a brotherhood. Since my earliest memory, they always seemed like a band with a lot of love for each other." [15]

In May 2010, Klinghoffer along with Flea performed the United States national anthem at a Lakers home playoff game during the NBA Western Conference Finals series against the Phoenix Suns. [16]

After eleven months of writing and rehearsing, the Chili Peppers began recording a new album, I'm with You , on September 13, 2010. [17] Klinghoffer also sang, wrote music and played keyboards on the album. [18] Recording was completed on March 18, 2011 and the album was released on August 29, 2011. The album's first single was "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie". [19]

In 2011, Klinghoffer wrote and performed the original score for the documentary Bob and the Monster . Klinghoffer also appears in the documentary, which is based on the life and career of musician and drug counselor Bob Forrest. [20] Klinghoffer was said to have recorded on at least one track on former Jane's Addiction bassist Eric Avery's second solo album, however LIFE.TIME. did not include it. [21] On July 10, 2011, Klinghoffer appeared at the 2011 School of Rock's Rock the House Tour which also featured Keith Morris and Page Hamilton. Klinghoffer joined the School of Rock kids on stage to perform Red Hot Chili Peppers songs "Dani California" and "Give It Away". This was the first time he performed any of the Chili Peppers' songs live since officially joining the band as their guitarist. [22]

In April 2012, Klinghoffer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. At 32 years of age, Klinghoffer is the youngest artist ever inducted, surpassing Stevie Wonder, who was 38 when he was inducted. [23]

In January 2015, Klinghoffer returned to the studio with the Chili Peppers to begin work on their eleventh studio album which would be produced by Gnarls Barkley's Danger Mouse. Recording was put on hold the following month when bassist Flea suffered an injury during a skiing trip. Production resumed in August 2015 and The Getaway was released on June 17, 2016 which was followed by an extensive world tour that concluded on October 2017. As of November 2018, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are in the process of working on their twelfth studio album which they expect to release in 2019. [24]

As Pluralone (2019–present)

On August 16th, 2019, Klinghoffer released his first solo single Io Sono Quel Che Sono B/W Menina Mulher Da Pele Preta under the name Pluralone [25] . The single was made available on vinyl on August 30th, 2019 [26] . The album featured two covers of non-English songs; Io Sono Quel Che Sono is a cover of Italian singer Mina, and Menina Mulher Da Pele Preta is by Brazilian singer Jorge Ben. Klinghoffer performed all instruments and vocals across these two tracks, with album art by Dot Hacker partner Eric Gardner.

Klinghoffer has since announced a follow-up album titled To Be One With You [27] , featuring performances from fellow and former Red Hot Chili Peppers bandmates Flea and Jack Irons, respectively. Chris Warren also performs on the album, as well as various members of Dot Hacker. [27]

Instruments and sound


Klinghoffer has used a wide variety of instruments over the course of his career, but he generally prefers Fender Stratocasters.

Currently, he takes these guitars on tour: [28]

Klinghoffer has also previously used: [29]


Klinghoffer regularly changes his effects setup, but as of early 2017, his pedal board consists of: [28]


As of early 2017, Josh Klinghoffer uses two amplifiers for touring - a 1970's Marshall Major for his low end, and a Fender Tone-Master for his high end. [28]



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