Anthony Kiedis of The Red Hot Chili Peppers has been hospitalized and the band has cancelled gigs. Kiedis was reportedly in the hospital for a stomach bug leading the group to cancel a show at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in California this past Saturday. The Red Hot Chili Peppers also cancelled their show this past Tuesday in Los Angeles.
According to BBC, Kiedis was forced to cancel due to “complications from the intestinal flu,” but “is expected to make a full recovery soon.”
Shortly after the band cancelled on Saturday the band’s drummer Chad Smith took to Twitter to say, “No one’s more disappointed than us that we couldn’t perform tonight. Sending love and a speedy recovery to my brother Anthony.”
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are wildly successful and known worldwide, having sold 60 million albums and scoring six Grammy Awards in their time in the music industry. The band is also slated to release their first new record in five years in June, entitled The Getaway.
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
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are also set to headline festivals over the summer, which will include T In The Park Festival in Perthshire, Belfast’s Vital Festival and the Reading and Leeds Festival in the U.K.
As recently reported by NME, Kiedis is recovering from his illness. Drummer Smith said that Kiedis is “on the mend” and due to be “back better than ever.”
In an interview with Radio X, Smith said, “His stomach was killing him and it was really scary. So we went directly to the hospital and we were really upset that we couldn’t play for the fans, but also more worried about him. I really appreciate the well wishes. People sent so much stuff.”
Smith further said, “I know everyone’s freaked out when they hear about another musician going into the hospital. It’s been such a rough year. He’s a very strong man and he’ll be back better than ever.”