Lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Kiedis, rushed to hospital

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Anthony Kiedis hospitalised
Anthony Kiedis hospitalised

The lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Kiedis, has been rushed to hospital, forcing his band to cancel a gig at the last minute.

The band had been gearing up to headline a gig at KROQ's Weenie Roast in California when the remaining band members went on stage to tell the crowd.

A video of the announcement shows bass player Flea telling the audience: "Anthony is on his way to the hospital right now and we're unable to play this evening.

"We are devastated about it, we're really sad - we love you so much. We live to rock. We live to ******* gig deep into the depths of our hearts of rock but unfortunately, there is a medical thing that happened and he needed to deal with it."

Drummer Chad Smith tweeted: "NO one's more disappointed than us that we couldn't perform tonight. Sending love and a speedy recovery to my brother Anthony."

According to the Chili Peppers' website, they are next scheduled to play an intimate gig at the iHeartRadio Theater in California on Tuesday. The performance was only announced earlier this week.

The band also announced on Thursday the addition of another 13 dates to the European leg of their tour in September and October.

They have released a new single earlier this month and have a new album, The Getaway, due out on 17 June.