The Red Hot Chili Peppers postponed a show Saturday at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater in California after lead singer Anthony Kiedis was hospitalized because of intestinal flu.
Kiedis, 53, was taken to the hospital to be treated for “extreme stomach pain,” and left the venue in an ambulance, Billboard reports.
The band is also postponing its upcoming iHeart Radio concert on May 17, according to a statement:
Due to Anthony Kiedis’ hospitalization from complications from the intestinal flu on Saturday evening, the Red Hot Chili Peppers regretfully must postpone their upcoming concert for iHeart Radio on May 17th. They would like to extend their gratitude to the fans for the outpouring of well wishes. Anthony is expected to make a full recovery soon.
The band’s bassist, Flea, told the crowd Saturday night that they would not be performing, saying there was a “medical thing that happened and we needed to deal with it.”
Drummer Chad Smith tweeted, “NO one’s more disappointed than us that we couldn’t perform tonight. Sending love and a speedy recovery to my brother Anthony.”
Flea told the crowd that the band would be playing for them in Irvine “soon.”
Kiedis and his bandmates have spoken about how they battled drug addiction during their early years together. Kiedis used several drugs, including heroin and cocaine, but has been clean since December 2000.
His father was a drug user, and he followed in his footsteps from a young age.
“No one had really figured out that drugs might have a negative repercussion down the line,” Kiedis told MTV in 2004. “It was very naive, but it was like an adult Disneyland, and my father kind of brought me into this world. It’s a bit twisted, and I wouldn’t do it with my kid, but I don’t think he realized how profoundly deadly drug use could be. … He was just going, ’Look what I found, this is fun, this is wonderful, let’s do it together.’”
Kiedis had a brush with death in 2008 when he nearly went into organ failure while battling kidney disease, according to the New York Daily News.
“Anthony’s health was pretty bleak,” a friend told the Daily News in 2008. “Organ failure was a possibility. There was talk of how to get him on a transplant list, to cover all the bases, but that opened up a whole new can of worms because people with histories of drug and alcohol abuse are less likely to receive the organs they need.”
Kiedis underwent treatment and recovered.