Anthony Kiedis Talks ‘Scar Tissue’ And ‘Inflammation In Guts’ Leading To Hospitalization


“We don’t really do that [cancel shows]. I’d rather play deathly ill than not play at all,” Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis, 53, told ET Canada, “but in this particular instance I was starting to go down, as in to the ground.”

Kiedis told ET Canada the cause was an “inflammation in my guts”: that a stomach flu and some scar tissue from hernia operations had led to an “impassable inflammation” in his stomach.

“That becomes an incredibly painful situation where you get a fever and pass out,” he said.

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Saying he now feels “good, not great, but good,” Kiedis told ET Canada that he thinks the hospitalization provided needed reflection on his life.

“I think I had to get sick to take a look at myself and get to the causes and conditions of my overall health,” he said. “So it turned out to be a good thing, albeit painful.”

And he said he’s taking all of the fan and media attention in stride.

“When I opened my phone and I saw I was on the news, I was like, everything must be OK in the world today if that’s what’s making the news.”