Fans of Red Hot Chili Peppers (RHCP) got quite a scare when lead singer Anthony Kiedis was rushed to the hospital just hours before a headlining slot at KROQ’s annual Weenie Roast last Saturday (14th May 2016).
Bassist Flea and his bandmates took to the stage to explain the situation and apologised to the crowd gathered at Irvine Meadows Ampitheatre, shortly after Kiedis was taken away in an ambulance after experiencing “extreme stomach pains”.
“We live to rock, we live to f**king dig deep into the depths of our hearts and rock, but unfortunately there’s a medical thing that happened and we needed to deal with it, so we’re unable tonight,” Flea told the crowd, referring to Kiedis’ intestinal flu complications. “We will play for you very soon, we will play for you like the feral animals that we are, and we’re so sorry.”
Band drummer Chad Smith took to Twitter to convey his best wishes to his bandmate, saying, “No one’s more disappointed than us that we couldn’t perform tonight. Sending love and a speedy recovery to my brother Anthony.” It will be awhile before the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be able to perform again.
The 53-year-old rocker previously battled drug addiction and also nearly died in 2008 when he almost experienced organ failure due to kidney disease. However, those close to Kiedis assured fans that he underwent treatment and recovered.
Sending love and positive vibes to RHCP! Here’s hoping for a super speedy recovery for Kiedis.