The Red Hot Chili Peppers cancelled a concert in Los Angeles Saturday night after frontman Anthony Kiedis was hospitalized for unspecified reasons.
The band was set to perform a headlining set at the KROQ Weenie Roast at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre on Saturday night, but bassist Flea informed the crowd that Kiedis, 53, was on his way to the hospital.
“Anthony is on his way to the hospital right now, and we’re unable to play this evening,” Flea told the crowd from the stage. “We are devastated about it. We’re sad, we love you so much. 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 he needed to deal with it.”
— Michael Castner (@MichaelCastner) May 15, 2016
A representative for KROQ told Billboard that the singer was suffering from extreme stomach pain.
Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith tweeted his well-wishes to Kiedis roughly an hour after the concert was scheduled to begin:
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
Other bands at the Los Angeles rock station’s annual festival included Panic! at the Disco, Fitz and the Tantrums, Empire of the Sun and Weezer.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ next scheduled performance is set for Tuesday, May 17 at the iHeartRadio Theater in Burbank. There is no word yet on whether that performance will also be cancelled.
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