Red Hot Chili Peppers Guitarist Josh Kllinghoffer Covers Radiohead’s “Spectre” Live

On Saturday night in Bologna, Italy, the Red Hot Chili Peppers paused for an unlikely cover: “Spectre,” the Bond-theme-that-wasn’t that Radiohead released last year. Josh Klinghoffer, who replaced John Frusciante as RHCP’s guitarist in 2010, took the lead vocal.

As Stereogum notes, the band has previously included various Klinghoffer-led covers into recent sets, including David Bowie’s “Five Years” and the Beatles’ “Across the Universe.” Radiohead wrote “Spectre” for the James Bond film of the same name, but the studio rejected the song in favor of Sam Smith’s “Writing’s on the Wall,” so the band released the song as a freebie to fans last Christmas. Klinghoffer’s version replaces Radiohead’s surging string arrangement with a lonely electric guitar. Watch a fan-shot video below.


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