Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis reassured fans of his health in a recent interview with ET Canada and also expressed his disappointment for having to cancel a scheduled Los Angeles concert last Saturday.
“We don’t really do that [cancel shows]. I’d rather play deathly ill than not play at all,” Kiedis, told ET Canada, “but in this particular instance I was starting to go down, as into the ground.”
Kiedis also explained that a stomach flu and some scar tissue from hernia operations had led to an “impassable inflammation” in his stomach. “That becomes an incredibly painful situation where you get a fever and pass out,” he said.
At the moment he’s feeling “good, not great, but good,” Kiedis added. He also revealed how the hospitalization provided needed reflection on his life.
“I think I had to get sick to take a look at myself and get to the causes and conditions of my overall health,” he said. “So it turned out to be a good thing, albeit painful.”
The singer also expressed how surprised he was with all the fan and media attention he received following his hospitalization.
“When I opened my phone and I saw I was on the news, I was like, everything must be OK in the world today if that’s what’s making the news.”