May 15, 2016


Update: Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis Hospitalized For Intestinal Flu

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Update (5/16, 10:15 a.m.): Red Hot Chili Peppers spokesperson told the Associate Press that frontman Anthony Kiedis was hospitalized due to an intestinal flu. They shared the following statement: “[The band] would like to extend their gratitude to the fans for the outpouring of well wishes,” adding that Kiedis is expected to make a full recovery. Get well soon!

Original story (5/15, 10:10 a.m.): The Red Hot Chili Peppers were forced to cancel their gig at the KROQ Weenie Roast in Los Angeles after frontman Anthony Kiedis reportedly started to experience "extreme stomach pain" on Saturday night (May 14). RHCP bassist Flea notified the crowd at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, telling the audience that the band's headlining gig as was cancelled and that he, personally, was "devastated," according to Billboard

The Chili Peppers' cancellation was announced by KROQ just a half-hour after the band was scheduled to perform. 

According to Pitchfork, Flea told the audience that the band's return would be swift: "We will be playing for you very soon, and we will play for you like the feral animals full of love that we are." A rep told Billboard that Kiedis was transported via ambulance to a local hospital and that the exact nature of the problem was unknown as of last night. 

On May 5, the band released the single "Dark Necessities," and announced their first album in five years. The Getaway, which owes production credits to Danger Mouse and not the band's longtime producer Rick Rubin, is slated to release on June 17.