Forced to cancel a handful of shows earlier this month when frontman Anthony Kiedis was hospitalised, the Red Hot Chili Peppers returned to the stage again this weekend for their headlining performance at Rock on the Range.
Playing a 15 song set on Sunday evening, the band treated the crowd to hits like Can’t Stop, Suck My Kiss, and Around the World. The show marked the band’s first performance since announcing their forthcoming new record, The Getaway. Not ever a band to pass up an opportunity at self promotion, they of course used the show to plug the LP’s first single, Dark Necessities.
Speaking about his health situation to before the show, Keidis said that he was out of action due a mix of an intestinal flu and another virus he’d recently contracted on top of scar tissue left over from hernia operations. “That becomes an incredible painful situation where you get a fever and pass out.”
“It was a painful and sad thing to have to cancel shows, we don’t really do that,” he went on.
“I’d rather play deathly ill than not at all but in this particular instance I was starting to go down to the ground. I got some help and now I’ve got to figure things out.”
Doing his best to lead an active, healthy lifestyle, Kiedis admits that his energy and his age my be conflicting with each other.
“I surf most days and I like to charge, but every now and then, the body is like, ‘You’re doing something wrong, either fix it or we’re gonna let you know about it,’ and I think that my body let me know that I had to change my ways a little bit.”
Still recovering, the incident has nevertheless caused him to think about his own health a bit more seriously.
“I feel good, not great, but good. I think I had to get sick to take a look at myself and get to the causes and conditions of my overall health. So it turned out to be a good thing, albeit painful,” he explained.
Watch the band debut Dark Necessities, plus some other highlights here below.
Watch: Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dark Necessities
Watch: Red Hot Chili Peppers – Suck My Kiss
Watch: Red Hot Chili Peppers – Around the World