The Red Hot Chili Peppers were slated to kick off their U.S. tour on January 20 in support of the band’s newest release, the Grammy nominated “I’m With You.” However, after an injury-causing incident involving frontman Anthony Kiedis and a leap from a bass drum while in St. Bart’s in the Caribbean, the tour has been postponed.
Kiedis, 49, underwent surgery on Monday “to remove a crushed sesamoid bone and correct a detached flexor tendon in his foot,” according to the band’s website.
While this was not the first time the animated singer has broken a bone in either of his feet, it was certainly the catalyst for the surgery. Kiedis’ mother, Peggy Idema of West Michigan, tells MLive.com that he had planned “to have things repaired next year,” but the recent injury prompted more urgency.
The band members – including Kiedis, bassist Flea, drummer Chad Smith and new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer – are popularly known for their stage antics, including donning oversized lightbulb outfits, flame-spewing helmets, or – quite famously – their creative use of tube socks. However, the band’s energetic stage show is just one facet of their success; having decades of mercurial ups and downs both on and off the stage, they will take a short break from their tour in April to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The tour itself is now scheduled to begin in Tampa Bay, Fla., on March 29. The band is optimistic of Kiedis’ recovery in the meantime and expect to read many tasteless puns made regarding the likelihood of any “scar tissue” following surgery.
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John Sinkewics, “Red Hot Chili Peppers reschedule U.S. tour dates after Anthony Kiedis injures foot”, MLive.com.