Red Hot Chili Peppers Singer Talkes About His Disease.
Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman, Anthony Kiedis, said in an interview with Australian TV program Sunday Night that drugs did not play a role in the illness that put him in the hospital and forced the band to cancel two shows earlier this month. About rumors that he had relapsed into abusing drugs, Anthony declared: “I felt more care than anything else. I got a lot of messages in the mail; it just seemed like people did care. My friends called, people I hadn't spoken to for years called, but what people assume or think about using, I could care less. It didn't faze me at all."
He added: "I happen to love being sober, I also loved being wasted at times. Being sober for me is a pleasure, I get a lot of joy out of it; it works for me. I get to surf, I get to hang out with my son, I get to play music, I get to be okay."
In the past Kiedys abused drugs and it was well documented in his biography Scar Tissue. He described his addiction in this way: “My experience with drug addiction and alcoholism and stuff like that is, it really, you know, it isn't specific to musicians or bankers or lawyers or doctors or housewives or kids or adults or whatever...It's kind of a condition that affects everybody equally. It's kind of an equal opportunity disease, if you will."
The singer blamed an intestinal virus plus complications from old scar tissue for his condition, musing: "Maybe there was a reason for me to get sick, so I can get stronger than I was before”.
Red Hot Chili Peppers will be playing a set of tour dates and festival appearances throughout the summer. Among those dates is a headline slot at Reading and Leeds Festival 2016. They will also headline London's T In The Park.