Red Hot Chili Peppers cancel O.C. performance after lead singer Anthony Kiedis is taken to hospital

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An Orange County performance by the Red Hot Chili Peppers was canceled Saturday night when singer Anthony Kiedis was taken to a hospital because of an illness, the radio station KROQ confirmed.

The band was headlining KROQ’s annual Weenie Roast at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre.

Kiedis, 53, was hospitalized after experiencing “complications from the intestinal flu,” band spokesman Brian Bumbery told The Associated Press. He is expected to make a full recovery, Bumbery said.

The Orange County Register reported that Empire of the Sun had finished its set around 9:30 p.m. when the other members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers took the stage and bassist Flea told the crowd that the band would be unable to play.


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Billboard reported that a radio station representative said Kiedis was taken from the venue in an ambulance suffering from extreme stomach pain.

Because of the singer’s illness, the band will also postpone an iHeart Radio concert that was scheduled for Tuesday in Burbank, Bumbery said.

This year’s Weenie Roast featured Weezer, Panic! At The Disco, Garbage and Cold War Kids.

The daylong concert has been held at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre every year since its inception in 1993 (except for in 2000, when it took place at Anaheim’s Angel Stadium). This year was the final show at the venue.

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers formed in Los Angeles in 1983. In 2012, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


KROQ disc jockey Ted Stryker tweeted his support:


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The Associated Press contributed to this report


Sunday, 4:30 p.m.: This story was updated with information from The Associated Press attributing Anthony Kiedis’ illness to the stomach flu and reporting the band’s cancellation of an upcoming concert.

This story was originally posted Saturday at 11:28 p.m.