Jesse Tobias (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Morrisey)

American guitarist Jesse Tobias was born April 1, 1972. He has been the guitarist/co-writer for Morrissey since 2005. Tobias first gained notoriety during a brief tenure with the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1993, although he was replaced by Dave Navarro within a month after joining the band. Before he joined the Chili Peppers, he briefly played with L.A.-based band Mother Tongue. In 1996, Tobias joined the touring band for Alanis Morissette and from 1999-2005 was a member of the musical duo, Splendid.

After having their offer turned down by Dave Navarro in 1992 to become the replacement for John Frusciante, the Red Hot Chili Peppers turned to guitarist, Arik Marshall to finish out their world tour for their hit album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik. Once the tour ended in 1993 the band felt that there was no connection in the writing and recording process with Marshall so he was fired. Shortly after, singer Anthony Kiedis spotted Tobias while he was performing with his band, Mother Tongue in a local nightclub. Kiedis felt that Tobias had what the band was looking for and after months of long auditions , Tobias became the new guitarist for the Chili Peppers. Rolling Stone magazine devoted a full page article to the new guitarist of the Chili Peppers. Jesse and the Peppers began writing for the next record; however, while the band felt Jesse was a great guitarist, the connection just wasn’t there between Jesse and the other three, especially bassist Flea. At this time, Dave Navarro suddenly made himself available and the band fired Tobias, Kiedis saying that it would have happened regardless of Navarro becoming available. The band felt bad that they pulled Tobias away from a band he just joined only to fire him a month later.

Tobias became guitarist with Alanis Morissette on the Jagged Little Pill world tour. While he was on tour with Morissette in 1996, he met Angie Hart, whose band Frente! was Morissette’s opening act. The two were married in 1997 and moved to Los Angeles. Tobias continued to work as a session player, touring guitarist and in other non-performing roles in the music industry. The pair formed their own band, Splendid, and released an album in 1999. Splendid also appeared on Joss Whedon’s series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, performing at The Bronze, the fictional nightclub featured in the series. Tobias was credited as a producer (with Christophe Beck and Whedon) and with arranging the music (with Beck) for “Once More, with Feeling”, the musical episode from Whedon’s show’s sixth season. In 2005, Tobias joined Morrissey as his studio and touring guitarist and sometimes co-writer. Tobias has appeared on all of his studio, live releases and tours since joining.

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