Anthony Kiedis took to the stage with Post Malone at the 2019 Grammy Awards, but the Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman didn’t make headlines just for his musical collaboration. For his Grammys cameo, Kiedis, 56, sported a bowl cut and a ’70s-style mustache, prompting many social media fans to compare him to his godfather, late pop singer Sonny Bono.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Post Malone kicked off the performance at the 61st annual Grammy Awards with the song “Stay,” then segued into “Rock Star” and “Dark Necessities,” according to Pitchfork. But while Post Malone’s edgy look often gets attention, this time the attention went to RHCP frontman Anthony Kiedis, who wore a brightly colored suit and what some viewers described as a “pornstache.”
It didn’t take long for Grammy watchers to hit social media with comparisons of Anthony Kiedis to Sonny Bono, the late ex-husband of Cher and co-star on the couple’s 1970s variety show. Bono died in 1998 after leaving the music world for a surprising career as a Palm Springs politician, but he will forever be remembered for his pop hits with Cher, including the duo’s signature 1965 single, “I Got You, Babe.”
But in 2019, Sonny Bono was remembered for his hair and mustache, as fans took to Twitter to call out Anthony Kiedis for copying his look. You can see some of the hilarious reaction below.
Anthony Keidis looking like a brand new Sonny Bono. #GRAMMYs— Henry D Hunter (@DeaconD1972) February 11, 2019
Is that Sonny Bono? No just Anthony Kiedis #grammys— ⭐Notorious A.T.L.⭐ (@ATLangela) February 11, 2019
Is anyone else concerned that Anthony Kiedis may be slowly morphing into Sonny Bono? What is with the pornstache? #Grammys2019— Joy Gintzler (@joygintzler) February 11, 2019
Anthony Kiedis looks like Sonny Bono as a porn star.#GRAMMY— TRUBUCKFAN (@INDYDADDY) February 11, 2019
Of course, longtime fans of the Red Hot Chili Peppers know that Antony Kiedis has been rocking a mustache for years. Long gone are the singer’s long-haired, clean-shaven days from his “Under the Bridge” era.
But it should also be noted that Sonny Bono was Kiedis’ godfather, so maybe that’s where he got the inspiration for his current look. The singer made the surprising godfather reveal in his 2005 memoir, Scar Tissue. Kiedis’ father, Blackie Dammett, was an actor who was friends with Sonny Bono and his wife Cher, according to Noisecreep.
Cher's iconic relationship with Sonny Bono did not get off on the right foot. https://t.co/JY9rdOnbaD— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) November 30, 2018
While Anthony Kiedis’ mustache is so reviled that there is a now-defunct petition on Change.org aimed at an intervention to get the singer to shave it off, it sounds like the singer’s Bono-style mustache won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. While reviews on Anthony Kiedis’ ‘stache are mixed at best, the singer told the New York Post last year that he has no plans to shave it because his 11-year-old son, Everly, likes how it looks.
“If my son asked me to shave it, I would shave it,” Kiedis told the Post. “But he loves it.”