By Steve Rider
Red Hot Chili Peppers were forced to cancel a headlining performance at KROQ’s Weenie Roast when singer Anthony Kiedis was hospitalized for stomach pain. Kiedis was taken to the hospital via ambulance shortly before the KROQ show in Irvine, Calif., on May 14.
Irvine Meadows, the historic venue where the Weenie Roast has been taking place for two decades, is scheduled to be torn down later this year. The venue is remembered by California-based bands, such as No Doubt, as a place where they performed many times, even as opening acts just starting out.The Chili Peppers were set to take the stage among acts such as Empire of the Sun, Miiike Snow, The Lumineers, Garbage, and Weezer.
A surprise set by a new Blink-182 helped to fill the time originally set aside for the Chili Pepper’s headline performance. Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea appeared on stage to announce the band’s cancellation between sets by Empire of the Sun and Weezer, who went on to close the show.
Due to the severity of Kiedis’ condition, the band was also forced to cancel their upcoming May 17th show. Fans of the Chili Peppers seemed to take the unfortunate news in stride, posting their support for Kiedis on the band’s website.
The band released a statement on the Red Hot Chili Peppers website saying,
“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.”
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