Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman explains what landed him in the hospital

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Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis wants fans to know he really would have preferred to play their scheduled Los Angeles concert last Saturday, which was canceled following his hospitalization.

“We don’t really do that [cancel shows]. I’d rather play deathly ill than not play at all,” 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.

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.”