Image: Anthony Kiedis of The Red Hot Chili Peppers performs during the halftime show of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks in East Rutherford, New Jersey, February 2, 2014. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/Files
(Reuters) – Red Hot Chili Peppers’ lead singer Anthony Kiedis was taken to hospital on Saturday, forcing the cancellation of the band’s show in Irvine, California.
“Unfortunately due to illness the @ChiliPeppers were forced to cancel their set tonight at #WeenieRoast,” Los Angeles radio station KROQ, which sponsors the annual event, said on Twitter.
Officials at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre confirmed the band’s performance had been canceled and that Kiedis had been hospitalized but gave no further details, media reports said.
Billboard magazine reported that Kiedis was taken from the venue in an ambulance suffering from extreme stomach pain, citing a KROQ representative, but that the exact nature of the problem was as yet unknown.
“No one’s more disappointed than us that we couldn’t perform tonight. Sending love and a speedy recovery to my brother Anthony,” Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith said on Twitter.
Red Hot Chili Peppers have sold more than 60 million albums, won six Grammy Awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. They performed at last year’s Super Bowl halftime show, among the most high-profile U.S. gigs for musical performers.
(Reporting by Chris Michaud; editing by Jason Neely)
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