Red Hot Chili Peppers cancel concert after singer hospitalized

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) – The Red Hot Chili Peppers canceled an appearance at a California radio station’s annual concert after lead singer Anthony Kiedis was hospitalized.

Bassist Flea told the crowd Saturday in Orange County that the Chili Peppers would be unable to perform. Flea said Kiedis was on his way to a hospital for medical reasons, but did not elaborate.

The 53-year-old Kiedis and the Peppers were scheduled to perform at KROQ’s Weenie Roast concert. Also on the bill at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre were Weezer and Empire of the Sun.

Peppers drummer Chad Smith tweeted: “No one’s more disappointed than us that we couldn’t perform tonight. Sending love and a speedy recovery to my brother Anthony.”

A call to a spokesman for Kiedis was not immediately returned Sunday.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are also scheduled to perform next weekend at the Rock on the Ranger concert series.  The band is expected to perform, Sunday, May 22, and there is no information if Kiedis hospitalization will affect the group’s stop in Columbus.

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