Anthony Kiedis Expected To Make Full Recovery After Health Scare, Red Hot Chili Peppers Cancel More Shows
Anthony Kiedis is recovering from a medical emergency that had him and his band bowing out of a California concert over the weekend. Kiedis’ band The Red Hot Chili Peppers released a statement on the 53-year-old singer’s condition on the RHCP website, revealing that Anthony is suffering from complications from an intestinal flu. Anthony Kiedis was hospitalized after he complained of severe stomach pains on Saturday night right before the Chili Peppers were set to take the stage at a rock festival at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater in Irvine, California.
“Due to Anthony Kiedis’ hospitalization from complications from the intestinal flu on Saturday evening, the Red Hot Chili Peppers regretfully must postpone their upcoming concert for iHeart Radio on May 17th,” The band’s statement read. “They would like to extend their gratitude to the fans for the outpouring of well wishes. Anthony is expected to make a full recovery soon.”
Anthony Kiedis was rushed to the hospital right before the Red Hot Chili Peppers were getting ready to perform at KROQ’s annual Weenie Roast in Irvine. Anthony’s bandmates took to the stage to break the bad news to fans.
Alt Press posted a video of RHCP co-founder Flea telling fans on Saturday night that Kiedis was headed to the hospital.
“Anthony is on his way to the hospital right now and we’re unable to play for you this evening,” Flea told the crowd. “We are devastated about it. We’re really sad, we love you so much. We live to rock. We live to f*cking dig deep into the depths of our heart and rock. But unfortunately, there’s a medical thing that happened and he needed to deal with it.”
While some fans were concerned by Flea’s vague description of Anthony’s “medical thing,” the RHCP bassist also promised that Kiedis and the band will be back soon to “play for you like the feral animals that we are.” The ’90s band Weezer played an extended set to cover for the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the festival as Anthony Kiedis was admitted overnight to a local hospital.
After Anthony Kiedis’ medical emergency, some of his famous friends took to social media to wish the RHCP frontman a speedy recovery.
NO one's more disappointed than us that we couldn't perform tonight. Sending love and a speedy recovery to my brother Anthony.
— Chad Smith (@RHCPchad) May 15, 2016
— Ted Stryker (@TedStryker) May 15, 2016
While Kiedis will still be recovering and will have to postpone the band’s previously scheduled iHeart show on May 17, he is expected to be fully recovered in time for the Red Hot Chili Peppers show in Columbus, Ohio, on May 23. After that, the band has one more U.S. show in Napa Valley, Calif., before they head to Europe. U.S. fans can see Anthony Kiedis and the Red Hot Chili Peppers later this summer at the Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago.
Anthony Kiedis has served as lead singer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers since 1983 when the band was founded with pals Flea Balzary, Hillel Slovak and Jack Irons. The band hit in big in the late 1980s with the breakout album Mother’s Milk, followed by the mega-hit Blood Sugar Sex Magik in 1991.
Kiedis and the band have been on a full-time touring trek as of late, performing a whopping 158 shows from 2011 to mid-2014, according to Uproxx. The band also teamed up with Bruno Mars for the high-profile Super Bowl Halftime Show in 2014. You can see Anthony Kiedis and the Chili Peppers playing at the Super Bowl Halftime Show in the video below.
Anthony Kiedis’ health scare comes just ahead of the release of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 11th studio album, The Getaway, which is set to drop on June 17.
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