Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has made his first, brief comments on the recently-announced return of guitarist John Frusciante and the departure of the latter's replacement, Josh Klinghoffer, after 10 years.

As reported, Frusciante has rejoined the group after leaving for the second time in 2009. Klinghoffer joined that same year and played on the band's two most recent albums, 2011's I'm With You and 2016's The Getaway.

When a fan wrote to Flea on Twitter that he "loved the two records with Josh! They were great! Happy to hear John is back though," the bassist thanked him and responded, "I love the records with Josh too. Josh is amazing. And a beautiful man too. And yes John is back. Nature moves and waves are for riding."

After another fan wrote about Klinghoffer, "I hope he knows we all love him very much and we're thankful for 10 years of magic and wonderment," Flea replied, "I know he feels it. We as a band feel the same way."

Singer Anthony Kiedis told us when Klinghoffer first joined that he was a natural fit for the group: "He was there, we knew him, we liked him, we respected him as a musician, as an artist in general. The cool thing was when we asked him if he wanted to be in our band, he didn't just say yes. He was like, 'Wow, that's a heavy concept. Let me think about it.' Which really felt good to me, that he wasn't just jumping on for the sake of jumping on, that he wanted to see if that was the right thing to do."

The Chili Peppers have reportedly been at work on a new album, due out in 2020, although whether or not the band has been working with Frusciante already or will start fresh is not known at this time.