Red Hot Chili Peppers‘s Anthony Kiedis is already a hero to a lot of people, being a poet and funk rock pioneer who successfully overcame addiction and inspired thousands with his iconic autobiography Scar Tissue (not to mention rocking ~dat mo~).
But now the head Chili Pepper can also add “saving babies” to his CV.
Turns out the frontman literally saved the life of a choking infant after filming the wrestling scene in this week’s unexpectedly hilarious episode of James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke.
As Kiedis explained to the UK’s Radio X, after the filming wrapped he found himself thrust into a life-or-death situation, and was forced to attempt to administer CPR on a baby:
“We also had a dance off, which they didn’t include, but after the wrestle off we had a dance off, which led to a very interesting, unscripted moment. We danced off, we tied and then we were going to celebrate with some Mexican food on the corner. And a woman came out of her house, holding a child saying ‘My baby, my baby, my baby can’t breathe!’ We all ran across the street, the woman thrust the baby into my arms, the baby was not breathing and I thought ‘I’m gonna try and do a little baby CPR real quick, see if I can get some air in this kid.’ Tried to open the mouth, [it was] like locked shut. So I started rubbing the belly, bubbles came out of the mouth, the eyes rolled back into place, the ambulance showed up and I handed the baby over, who was now breathing and fine, and we went back to Carpool Karaoke. It was kind of a beautiful thing that we stopped for the dance off, [as] the baby needed help and we were there. The little baby looked at me the entire time until the ambulance came, little baby Nina.”
Catch Kiedis’s interview, as well as the full episode of Carpool Karaoke, below.
Watch: Red Hot Chili Peppers Carpool Karaoke
UPDATE: Chili Peppers have debuted the video for the new album’s lead single, Dark Necessities. The clip was directed by Olivia Wilde.
Watch: Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dark Necessities