Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis was rushed to the hospital with reported stomach pain, forcing the band to cancel a major concert at the very last minute. Click through for all the terrifying details.
Anthony Kiedis, 53, was rushed to the hospital immediately before the Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ headlining set at KROQ’s Weenie Roast festival in Irvine, California on May 14. The medical emergency was so sudden, that the rest of the band had to announce the devastating news to the audience, who had already shown up, from the stage at Irvine Meadows.
Anthony was reportedly rushed to the hospital from Irvine Meadows in an ambulance due to “intense stomach pain,” KROQ-FM confirmed to Billboard. When the band got onstage at the 16,000 capacity venue to report Anthony’s hospitalization to the audience, they didn’t elaborate on his condition. But were clearly very worried about their longtime friend and bandmate. Anthony founded the band alongside bassist Flea back in 1983.
“Anthony is on his way to the hospital right now. We are devastated about it, we’re really sad, we love you so much,” Flea told the audience in captured cell phone footage. “We live to rock. Unfortunately, there’s a medical thing that happened and he needed to deal with it.” The audience can be heard screaming at the horrible news.
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“NO one’s more disappointed than us that we couldn’t perform tonight. Sending love and a speedy recovery to my brother Anthony,” RHCP drummer Chad Smith tweeted later in the night. The Red Hot Chili Peppers were scheduled to headline Weenie Roast, closing out the stacked music festival at 10:00pm PST. Flea made the devastating announcement at 10:30pm, and Weezer took their place.
There is still no word on what the specific stomach condition that sent Anthony to the hospital. The band is scheduled to play their next show on May 17 in Burbank, California; it’s unclear at this time if Anthony will be well enough to play.
HollywoodLifers, we’ll keep you updated on this scary situation. Our thoughts are with Anthony and the Red Hot Chili Peppers during this difficult time.