Anthony Kiedis is 'on the mend' following hospitalisation

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Anthony Kiedis is 'on the mend' following hospitalisation

Anthony Kiedis is "on the mend" following his health scare his Red Hot Chili Peppers bandmate Chad Smith has revealed.

The band had to pull out of their KROQ Weenie Roast headlining slot at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine, California, on Saturday (14.05.16) and their planned performance for iHeartRadio on May 17 after Anthony was rushed to hospital by ambulance with "extreme stomach pains" at the weekend.

The 54-year-old drummer has revealed the medical emergency was "really scary" but Anthony, 53, is now getting better.

Speaking to UK station Radio X, he said: "His stomach was killing him (and) It was really scary. So we went directly to the hospital and we were really upset we couldn't play for the fans, but also more worried about him. I really appreciate all the well wishes. People sent so much stuff."

Chad also confirmed that the Red Hot Chili Peppers will return to the stage for their scheduled gig in Ohio "this weekend" and will be good for their headline slots at T in the Park and the Reading and Leeds Festival.

But the sticksman admits he and his bandmates Flea and Josh Klinghoffer were very worried about Anthony when he got sick, due to the huge volume of rock star deaths this year with the likes of David Bowie, Prince and Lemmy passing away.

Chad added: "I know everyone's freaked out when they hear about another musician going into the hospital. It's been such a rough year. He's a very strong man and he'll be back better than ever."

Chad also teased some details of the group's upcoming new album 'The Getaway' - which is set for release on 17 June.

He spilled: "It's super funky and extremely melodic and we just can't wait for people to hear it."