UPDATE: In a statement on the band’s website, the Red Hot Chili Peppers announced they will be postponing their May 17 iHeart Radio concert “due to Anthony Kiedis’ hospitalization from complications from the intestinal flu on Saturday evening.” It continues, “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.”
EARLIER: The Red Hot Chili Peppers were forced to cancel a performance on Saturday night after lead singer Anthony Kiedis was hospitalized before the show.
The Chili Peppers were scheduled to perform as the headliner at Weenie Roast, an annual one-day festival hosted by Los Angeles radio station KROQ that brings together some of the top acts in rock.
Kiedis’ hospitalization was announced by bassist Flea from the stage. “Anthony is on his way to the hospital right now, and we’re unable to play this evening,” he said. “We are devastated about it. We’re really sad. We love you so much. We live to rock. We live to f—ing dig deep into the depths of our hearts and rock. But unfortunately, there’s a medical thing that happened and he need to deal with it.” (See fan-shot footage of the comments below.)
After the announcement, drummer Chad Smith posted to Twitter that “no one” was more disappointed in the cancellation than the group itself. “Sending love and a speedy recovery to my brother Anthony,” he wrote.
The Chili Peppers’ next scheduled show is on May 17 in Burbank, California.