RHCP's Anthony Kiedis Hospitalized
Published May 15, 2016Red Hot Chili Peppers have a new album called The Getaway due out next month, and the veteran funk rockers were set to play a live set last (May 14) night in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, the gig never happened, as singer Anthony Kiedis was hospitalized.
The gig was KROQ's Weenie Roast, and Red Hot Chili Peppers were booked as the headliners at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. According to a rep from the radio station [via Billboard], Kiedis was taken away in an ambulance when he began experiencing extreme stomach pain before the show.
Bassist Flea apologized to the crowd on behalf of the Chili Peppers, saying that the band were "so sorry." Watch his statement below. Weezer ended up closing out the show.
Red Hot Chili Peppers haven't issued a proper statement on Kiedis' health, but drummer Chad Smith tweeted this get-well-soon message:
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
UPDATE (5/15, 7:30 p.m.): The band have now issued a statement via their website stating Kiedis was hospitalized due to "complications from the intestinal flu," but he's now said to be on the mend.
Hopefully Kiedis makes a quick recovery, as the band have numerous tour dates booked in support of The Getaway, including a few Canadian festival slots. See their full tour schedule here.