Red Hot Chili Peppers was on stage in front of a sold-out crowd Saturday night, but the band was unable to play for their fans. The face of the band for the evening was bass player Flea who announced the show in Irvine, California, wouldn’t go on. Iconic frontman Anthony Kiedis, 53, was heading to the hospital, Flea told the crowd. He was suffering from ‘extreme stomach pain’ which may have turned out to be “complications from the intestinal flu” . The following statement was released via RedHotChiliPeppers.com:
ANTHONY AND IHEART RADIO UPDATE
“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 May 17th date is just a few days prior to the Red Hot Chili Peppers headlining the 10 year anniversary of Rock On The Range in Columbus, Ohio on the 22nd. There has yet to be any speculation about when Keidis will be healthy enough to take the stage again. Some media outlets are already making speculations that their will be another headliner come available to step in. In the past events by the same promoter have usually just extended the set times of other headliners. Recently ZZ Top had to cancel their headlining sets at Welcome To Rockville and Carolina Rebellion and rather than bring an act in last minute set times of other bands were lengthened. Early this morning KTVN.com reported about Rock On The Range ticket prices being slashed by CapitalCityTickets.com. It was ironically after the RHCP’s cancellation that this was announced. On the positive side of things between now and the 22nd Keidis has plenty of time to rest up and get better. We certainly hope he gets well soon and is able to entertain the thousands of fans that look forward to seeing him at Rock On The Range.