Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis Responds To Drug Relapse Rumors

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Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis was interviewed on Australia TV’s Sunday Night over the weekend and discussed his recent hospitalization, which led to Red Hot Chili Peppers canceling their KROQ Weenie Roast performance in Irvine, CA. Alternative Nation transcribed quotes from the interview.

“This was knocking me off my feet, and I was white as a ghost, and my whole gut section just seized up, and I was kind of falling to my knees in pain, so I got taken by a friend to the hospital from the gig.”

“I made it to the gig, I was going to play, but couldn’t do it, but feeling better and feeling like maybe there was a reason for me to get sick, so I can get stronger than I was before.”

He also responded to people suspecting that he was using drugs again following the hospitalization and canceled performance.

“I felt more care than anything else. I got a lot of messages in the mail, it just seemed like people did care. My friends called, people I hadn’t spoken to for years called, but what people assume or think about using, I could care less. It didn’t phase me at all.”

He added, “I happen to love being sober, I also loved being wasted at times. Being sober for me is a pleasure, I get a lot of joy out of it, it works for me. I get to surf, I get to hang out with my son, I get to play music, I get to be okay.”

He also discussed first using heroin, “Heroin I stumbled into one time when I was 14, interesting experience. I think my body was kind of built to tolerate that to a certain degree.”