Anthony Kiedis
American singer
Anthony Kiedis
Anthony Kiedis is an American vocalist/lyricist, and occasional actor best known as the lead vocalist of the Grammy-winning band Red Hot Chili Peppers. As an actor, he has appeared in F.I.S. T, Point Break, and The Chase. Kiedis published an autobiography entitled Scar Tissue in 2004. Kiedis spent his youth in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his mother before moving, shortly before his twelfth birthday, to Hollywood to live with his father.
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Raymond Pettibon - A 'Muyst' See in Hollywood (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Raymond Pettibon at the opening of his solo exhibition at Regen Projects. Photo by EMS. Hollywood-based mega gallery, Regen Projects held another triple canopy opening with Raymond Pettibon on Thursday, April 23rd. The show is officially titled, "From my bumbling attempt to write a disastrous musical, these illustrations muyst suffice," an exhibition of new work by international acclaimed artist, Raymond Pettibon. This marks the artist's tenth solo presentation since joining the gallery in 1993. Pettibon is based in New York. I had the privilege to photograph the opening as part of my survey of covering important events and exhibitions in the Los Angeles art scene. Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Photo by EMS. Flea of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Photo by EMS. The show itself presented so much work, that any avid fan who has followed Pettibon since his Black Flag days (Pettibon designed their distinctive "four bars" logo) in the late seventies would be ...
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Janet Jackson and Super Bowl Halftime Hypocrisy
Huffington Post - about 3 years
During her 2004 Super Bowl Halftime performance a music legend exposed her right breast for less than a second, sparking great public protest, moral outcry, and fines issued by the Federal Communications Commission. A decade later two music superstars exposed their breasts during the Super Bowl Halftime performance without generating any public outcry or FCC sanctions. The mild reception of the more recent Super Bowl Halftime nipple spectacle is less indicative of a liberal cultural shift and more the result of a persistent double standard in which American society deems male bare-breasted representations as natural and inoffensive, while treating women's exposed breasts as threats against Western Civilization. Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" morphed into one of the most controversial media incidents in pop-cultural history. Some saw Janet's exposed right breast as an attack against family values, an affront against the very moral fabric of American society. In contrast, ...
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Super Bowl Exposes Super Hypocrisy on Breasts vs. Chests
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction caused a national meltdown at the 2004 Super Bowl. Yet the Red Hot Chili Peppers didn't even bother bringing a wardrobe to Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show. Despite the cold weather, singer Anthony Kiedis and bass player Flea performed their hit song 1991 Give It Away completely shirtless, gyrating and prancing as the crowd roared its approval. I'd like to know if the FCC plans to fine this band and FOX for broadcasting nudity to a global audience. And where are those "family values" groups that eviscerated Janet Jackson, not to mention the deep concern from pundits, preachers, and politicians lamenting the decline of civilization? I checked in with the hypersensitive One Million Moms yesterday, because everything offends them. According to their website, "Mom, are you fed up with the trash in today's media? Take action now." Yet there was not one peep about the Red Hot Chili Peppers' performance. No, instead of outrage, the reaction to the ...
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Joe Namath's Fur Coat Was The Real Winner Of The Super Bowl
Huffington Post - about 3 years
With the exception of the halftime show, the Super Bowl is not typically known for its big fashion moments. Thanks to Joe Namath, former Quarterback of the Jets, that sentiment has changed. Namath stepped onto the sidelines Sunday night in a giant, two-toned fur coat which looked a little... out of place. People everywhere took to Twitter to put in their two cents on the coat -- the chatter (obviously) resulted in its own handle, @Namathcoat. While the handle was unable to round up as many followers as Pharell's Grammys hat, the Internet's interest in the coat was palpable. Some loved it, some compared it to an Ikea commercial, and some were inspired to debate about whether or not it's OK to wear fur again. Other fashion moments included Bruno Mars in Saint Laurent, Renée Fleming in Vera Wang and Anthony Kiedis in those... leggings, but our vote for the biggest risk still goes to Namath. However you feel about the coat, one thing is for certain: The former NFL star certai ...
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Neil Young, Chili Peppers To Perform In Silverlake For Charity
Huffington Post - over 3 years
SILVERLAKE, Calif. -- SILVERLAKE, Calif. (AP) — Neil Young will perform at a benefit for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music that Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea and Anthony Kiedis will host. The organization announced Friday that the event will take place Oct. 30 in Silverlake, Calif. Red Hot Chili Peppers will also perform. Flea founded the Silverlake Conservatory of Music in 2001. It facilitates music education and offers music lessons and scholarships. The RHCP bassist says in a statement that he's "grateful" for all the help given to the organization. He adds that Young performing at the event "is the greatest blessing." A silent auction will take place and will feature donations from Marc Jacobs, Tony Hawk, Pearl Jam, Gucci and others. The event costs $2,000 per guest, and a 10-seat table is $25,000. ___ Online:
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Sage Is Culver City's Best New Vegan Restaurant
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Virginia Woolf once wrote, "One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." If Virginia Woolf had traveled down Sepulveda Boulevard in Culver City, she would have loved Sage, L.A.'s newest plant-based bistro that is also part organic beergarden and part vegan ice creamery. I, for one, am a meat eater and am always skeptical about vegan restaurants, but with a menu as varied as it is satisfying, Sage is a welcome addition to the Culver City foodie landscape and a place I look forward to revisiting. If ever you've enjoyed a vegetable in your life, I promise you, with Chef Mollie Engelhart's innovative approach to creating delicious, locally-sourced, flavorful food, you won't be disappointed. Sage at 4130 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City (photo by Thomas Mikusz): I chatted with Mollie to find out more about the cooking philosophy behind Sage. The last thing I want to do is tell people what they should and shouldn't be eating. I'd like for regular folks to e ...
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Wisconsin District Comes Under Fire After Showing Kids Pro-Obama Video
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Controversy arose last week at a Wisconsin middle school after administrators showed students a video of celebrities expressing support for President Barack Obama, according to local outlet KMSP-TV. Administrators at Hudson Middle School showed the 2009 video in recognition of Peace One Day, an annual international day for peace. While the video features a slew of stars pledging to do good deeds, Red Hot Chili Peppers front man Anthony Kiedis and actress Demi Moore also pledge to be of service to the president. According to KMSP, the clip offended some local residents. One woman who viewed the video on camera compared it to propaganda from 1940s Germany. Soon after, the district issued a letter of apology, saying using the video “was a mistake.” The note reads, in part: We apologize for any part of the video that was offensive to students, their families and staff. The video conveyed a message that people serve the presidency when in fact our elected officials serve the people ...
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Exclusive: See Rita Ora, Emmy Rossum and More Stars Hit the Biggest Fashion Week Party
People Magazine - over 3 years
DKNY sure knows how to party! The legendary brand threw a 25th birthday bash on Monday night in New York City’s Financial District, and we’ve got the exclusive behind-the-scenes video. Tons of the New York Fashion Week stars attended the event, including Rita Ora, Emmy Rossum, Hailee Steinfeld, Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls, Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Terry Richardson and even Jared Leto. And there were lots of special live performances, too, by Ora, Iggy Azalea, A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg. And at the end of the night, Kloss and Smalls even presented a huge DKNY birthday cake in the shape of a taxi cab while Ora and Melanie Fiona sang HBD. In the words of Kloss: “DKNY’s 25th birthday … are you kidding me? It’s a milestone. I’m excited to be out here to celebrate.” And celebrate they did. Check out the video to see for yourself, as well as some choice Tweets and Instagrams about the soirée below, then let us know what you think! View th ...
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Chilis' frontman brawls with security
Byron Shire News - over 3 years
RED Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis found himself in a brawl with security guards who were protecting the Rolling Stones outside a hotel.     
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Coachella: Chili Peppers close out first weekend
Chicago Times - almost 4 years
INDIO -- "I feel like I'm in 'Lawrence of Arabia,' " Anthony Kiedis said Sunday night, not long after Red Hot Chili Peppers had taken the main stage at Coachella for the final headlining performance of the three-day festival. Kiedis was referring to the dust storm that blew up Sunday afternoon and quickly turned the Empire Polo Club into a wind-swept sandbox. But the frontman might also have felt like Lawrence because he was standing before a crowd the size of an army, easily the biggest any one act played to at Coachella.     
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PHOTO: Joaquin Phoenix Goes Incognito
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Joaquin Phoenix kept things chill in Venice, Calif., Thursday, when he strolled around with girlfriend Heather Christie. Maybe it's her shoes in her hand, or his trademark shades, or the certifiable mutton chops "The Master" actor sported, but the pair looked blissfully in incognito mode. Phoenix, 38, and Christie, 27, first sparked rumors of a romance over the summer, when the couple hit the red carpet together at the Toronto Film Festival in September. Christie is no stranger to the limelight: The model and actress has a 5-year-old son with her ex-boyfriend Anthony Kiedis, of the Red Hot Chili Peppers fame.
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Tonight in Music: PWRHAUS, The Pharmacy, Steve Winwood & More
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
PWRHAUS, WHITE HINTERLAND, OLD FRIEND (Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Read our article on PWRHAUS. THE PHARMACY, THE DANDELIONS, WHITE FANG (East End, 203 SE Grand) Seattle's the Pharmacy continues to crank out simple psych pop that doesn't answer to anyone. The raw energy of their new full-length, Stoned and Alone, comes from the garage, the production brings the sophistication of the Kinks' The Village Green Preservation Society, and the songs are the kind of earworms that will take you back to the days of listening to record albums in your room with your friends. Needless to say, the record—and the Pharmacy—are a good time. And with the songs averaging around two minutes, they also serve as a good life lesson: The good times never last... and say yes to drugs. MARK LORE STEVE WINWOOD, THE WOOD BROTHERS (Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway) Cor blimey, wottya mean Steve Winwood is da fookin' most versatile British rock star of all time? That's lollicock, tha's ...
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"Long Progression"
Rolling Stone - over 4 years
The chiming opening notes on this new B side suggest a Sonic Youth jam until the band comes in all fist pump pop-rock funky and Anthony Kiedis crows "Been around for quite a while" Yes he has But by the time he hits the bit about atrophy ("Vision takes a...
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Die Antwoord says yes to red-hot gig
IOL - over 4 years
When the Red Hot Chili Peppers came knocking on their door, for Die Antwoord, it was an offer that the group just could not resist. ||| Johannesburg - They’ve turned down the chance to perform on stage with the likes of Lady Gaga and other famous musicians. But when the Red Hot Chili Peppers came knocking on their door, for Die Antwoord, it was an offer that the local rap-rave-hip-hop group just could not resist. In fact, Die Antwoord were personally asked by a member of the US rock group to open for them when they perform in South Africa next year. Michael “Flea” Balzary, bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, had bumped into Die Antwoord in Belgium at a concert where the groups performed recently. Said Ninja: “All the bands were watching a soccer game in the backstage area when Flea came to sit next to Yo-landi while he practised his bass playing.” “He wasn’t wearing a shirt. Yo-landi turned to me and said: ‘Ninja! tell this weirdo to go away, because she didn’t turn to ...
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ARTINFO: Russian Performance Artist Sews Mouth Shut in Support of Jailed Punk Rockers Pussy Riot
Huffington Post - over 4 years
MOSCOW -- On July 12 an unknown woman in a dress similar to the dresses worn by members of the imprisoned Russian punk rock group Pussy Riot chained herself to a cross next to St. Petersburg's Church of Saviour on Blood. Then Red Hot Chili Peppers vocalist Anthony Kiedis wore a "Pussy Riot" T-shirt. Later he and Franz Ferdinand vocalist Alex Kapranos sent letters of support to the three imprisoned anti-Vladimir Putin punk rockers. But the most recent show of solidarity with the jailed trio may be the most extreme. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of Pussy Riot, behind bars / Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP/GettyImages Yesterday around 3pm the young artist Petr Pavlensky arrived at St.Petersburg's Kazan Cathedral with his mouth sewn shut with strands of coarse thread. Many people were impressed, not by this action -- he has a history of often much bloodier protest operations involving thread and body parts -- but by the poster he held with the message: "The performance o ...
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America, don't hate us for the Offspring's 'Cruising California'
LATimes - over 4 years
Dear 49 other states, Forgive us, as we forgot about the Offspring. We weren't paying attention to the band, and left unchecked, this, apparently, is what happens. While we can't speak for all of California, please know that many of us, as much as we may love the Golden State, are tired of rock songs about California. Even we understand that it's time to be inspired by something other than beaches and skinny people, and just in case Anthony Kiedis is reading, it still counts as a "California song" even if it's about a girl whose last name is California. That all being said, we knew that this year, what with the Beach Boys reuniting and Best Coast issuing a new album, we were pushing our luck on the California-song overkill. But we didn't even see this one coming. Honestly, we didn't think we'd encounter the words "the Offspring" printed anywhere outside of a KROQ-FM festival. And then -- BAM -- late last week this thing called "Cruising California (Bumpin' In My Trunk)" sudden ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Anthony Kiedis
  • 2016
    Age 53
    In August 2016, Fox News host Greg Gutfeld injected himself into the Chili Peppers/Patton feud taking shots at the Chili Peppers and Kiedis after Flea posted video of him and Koko the gorilla.
    More Details Hide Details Gutfeld said “As most musicians know, this is a vast improvement over the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the worst band on the planet. The ape is better than Anthony Kiedis. By the way, the ape is 45, which is half the age of Anthony Kiedis. Red Hot Chili Peppers, poor man’s Faith No More, don’t ever forget it.” After receiving major backlash from fans, Gutfeld decided to take further shots by saying “Two days ago I said that Red Hot Chili Peppers were the worst band on the planet. I received a lot of flack from fans all over the world. What I meant to say was the Red Hot Chili Peppers are the worst band in the universe. I’d like to apologize for that confusion. I want to explain that we live in a binary universe,” he continued. “You’re either a Faith No More fan, or a Red Hot Chili Peppers fan. You cannot love Mike Patton and Anthony Kiedis, because they are two different people. You have to love Mike Patton, you cannot love Anthony Kiedis. So that is why the Red Hot Chili Peppers are the worst band in the universe, because Faith No More is the greatest band in the universe.”Flea responded to Gutfeld's comments a few days later saying "I remember seeing a poll recently that said people who watch Fox News knew less about world affairs than people who watch no news at all.
    On July 13, 2016, Kiedis appeared on the television show, Jay Leno's Garage.
    More Details Hide Details Using the stage name Cole Dammett (adapted from his father's stage name, Blackie Dammett), Kiedis landed a number of small roles in television and film as a teenager in the late 1970s. His early credits include F.I.S.T. and the 1978 ABC Afterschool Special It's a Mile from Here to Glory. Resuming his acting work in the 1990s, Kiedis appeared in the 1991 Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze vehicle Point Break playing Tone, a surfer. The Chase, a 1994 movie starring Charlie Sheen as an estranged man trying to escape the cops with a young woman he kidnapped, had Flea and Kiedis playing metalheads who chase Sheen's character in a 4 × 4 truck and end up crashing. He also organized the New American Music Union, a two-day summer music festival set for August 2008 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has assembled a lineup of musicians including Bob Dylan, The Raconteurs, Gnarls Barkley, The Roots, and a second stage featuring college bands. (The lineup did not include Kiedis or the Red Hot Chili Peppers.) In 2011, Kiedis, along with his son Everly, appeared in the documentary, Bob and the Monster. The documentary details the life and career of musician and drug counselor, Bob Forrest. On May 11, 2011, Anthony donated a MTV European Music Award that the band had previously won to help raise funds for ongoing relief in devastated areas of Japan, which was hit with an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.
    In a June 2016 interview, Kiedis stated that he at first regretted writing Scar Tissue saying “I did regret the book for a while as there was some pain caused then, I started seeing the long term positive reverberating.
    More Details Hide Details People were reading it in hospitals, in prisons and schools and it was having a positive effect. I realised that the whole point of writing that book wasn’t for me, but to show that somebody can go all the way down and come all the way back and have a productive, successful happy interesting life. And so whatever shame, pain or difficulty or discomfort I went through, then it was worth it because I get so many people coming up to me saying their kids had read it and got their act together because of it.” Kiedis has stated that due to the subject matter in his book, especially his reflections on his sexual relationships, that he hopes that his family hasn't read his book. “I have asked everyone in my family not to read the book.” Kiedis said. Kiedis was developing a series for HBO based on his unconventional upbringing in Los Angeles. The show was expected to be loosely based on much of Kiedis' autobiography. He had partnered with Catapult 360 partners Marc Abrams and Michael Benson to create the series, titled Spider and Son. The series would center on Kiedis's relationship with his father, Blackie Dammett, who sold many drugs and mingled with rock stars on the Sunset Strip, all while aspiring to get into show business. The show was scheduled to premiere in late 2010 at the very earliest.
    In a June 2016 interview, Kiedis opened up about his past relationships saying that there were years when he had over 100 sexual partners and stated “If I saw a pretty girl, I wanted to have her.” When asked about marriage and growing old and alone Kiedis responded by saying “Maybe it is because I never learned to live in a relationship and as silly one sounds, I do not understand women yet.
    More Details Hide Details They remain a mystery. I talked about this yesterday with a friend: do we focus on finding a person who fits with us, or will we remain single? I am open to both. If the right one comes – wonderful. If not, I accept what the universe has intended for me.” Kiedis has battled drug addiction, including heroin and cocaine, throughout his life. Since his father was an addict, Kiedis was constantly exposed to drug-using and drug-dealing behavior while growing up. Some of Kiedis' early drug use came from substances he got from his father, including marijuana, which he first smoked when he was 11 years old. He used drugs for years, including during the formation of the band, where other members were also using. A few years into the band's career, he was briefly fired due to his heavy drug use, and at times it got so bad that he failed to show up to some of the band's performances. One night, Kiedis decided to go out and score drugs, which made him miss a performance so the band replaced him with singer Keith Morris. He tried to get clean after Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Hillel Slovak died of a heroin overdose (specifically using the method of speedballing) on June 25, 1988, saying he would never shoot up again. He entered rehab and ended up staying clean for five years, but he relapsed in 1994, causing a major delay in the release of the band's 1995 album, One Hot Minute, and he kept using on and off over the next six years.
    In a May 20, 2016 interview with Entertainment Tonight Canada, his first since being released from the hospital, Kiedis said that his illness was brought on by an "inflammation in my guts" which he said was complicated by a recent stomach virus and existing scar tissue from previous hernia operations which required his stomach being pumped at the hospital due to his food not being able to properly digest. "That becomes an incredibly painful situation where you get a fever and pass out...
    More Details Hide Details Lo an behold, I'm on the mend" He went on to say "so it turned out to be a good thing, albeit painful and very sad to have to cancel a show. We don't really do that. I'd rather play deathly ill than not play at all, but in this particular instance, I was starting to go down, as in to the ground, so I got rushed to the hospital, got some help, and now I get to figure things out." During a break in filming of The Late Late Show with James Corden carpool karaoke segment which aired on June 14, 2016 and featured the band singing karaoke to their music with the host while driving through Los Angeles, Kiedis performed emergency CPR on a baby. "a woman came out of her house, holding a child saying, 'My baby, my baby, my baby can't breathe!'" Kiedis said. "the woman thrust the baby into my arms, the baby was not breathing and I thought, 'I'm gonna try and do a little baby CPR real quick, see if I can get some air in this kid. So I started rubbing the belly, bubbles came out of the mouth, the eyes rolled back into place, the ambulance showed up and I handed the baby over, who was now breathing and fine, and we went back to Carpool Karaoke."
    Kiedis and the Chili Peppers returned to the stage on May 22, 2016 in Columbus, OH.
    More Details Hide Details According to the band's drummer Chad Smith, Kiedis was suffering from a stomach flu a few weeks earlier and it had returned on the night they were set to perform.
    It was confirmed that Kiedis was suffering from intestinal flu and was expected to make a full recovery soon however the band was forced to postpone their iHeartRadio album preview show on May 17, 2016 (rescheduling it for May 26).
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    On May 14, 2016, the band were forced to cancel their headlining slot at the annual KROQ Weenie Roast, as Kiedis was rushed to the hospital prior to the band appearing on stage.
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  • 2015
    Age 52
    Kiedis, along with his Chili Peppers bandmates, announced in September 2015 that they would be supporting Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential election.
    More Details Hide Details In February 2016, the Chili Peppers performed at the "Feel the Bern" fundraiser in support of Sanders. Kiedis' father, Blackie Dammett, is an actor who has appeared in over 50 movies and television shows. Dammett's autobiography, Lords of the Sunset Strip, was released on March 31, 2013. Through Dammett, Kiedis also has a much younger half-brother. Kiedis' godparent was Sonny Bono. As a child, Kiedis' father was close friends with Bono and his then-wife, Cher, who babysat Kiedis.
    Kiedis received the George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement, presented at the UCLA Spring Sing on May 16, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Kiedis' mother, Peggy Noble Idema, commented on her son receiving the award by saying "This really makes me proud. Both my parents and Grandpa Idema were huge Gershwin fans. I grew up with their music." Following his acceptance speech, Kiedis was joined on stage by his Chili Peppers bandmate Josh Klinghoffer for an acoustic performance of "Otherside", a cover of Sly and the Family Stone's "If You Want Me to Stay" and "By the Way".
  • 2014
    Age 51
    In November 2014, Kiedis set out on a mini-book tour to promote the Chili Peppers book, Fandemonium.
    More Details Hide Details This included book signings, a Q&A and an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon where Kiedis sat in the entire show with The Roots performing Chili Peppers songs.
  • 2010
    Age 47
    Patton was asked in 2010 about the festivals and his relationship with Kiedis.
    More Details Hide Details Patton said "It’s not worth talking about. I’ve no idea what it was about then and I don’t know now. But I bet we’d have a warm embrace if we saw each other now."
  • 2007
    Age 44
    Kiedis has a son named Everly Bear born October 2, 2007, from a relationship with model Heather Christie which lasted from 2004 to 2008.
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  • 2006
    Age 43
    Christie, who was 18 when they began dating (Kiedis was 41), served as an inspiration for his lyrics on the band's 2006 album Stadium Arcadium.
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  • 1998
    Age 35
    Yohanna Logan, with whom Kiedis dated on and off from 1998-2003, served as a positive inspiration on songs from the Californication era such as the outtake "Fat Dance" while their breakup inspired 2002's By the Way album and many of its song lyrics. Following a failed two-year relationship with Australian model Helena Vestergaard, who was only 19 when they began dating in 2012 (he was 50), served as a major influence on his song writing for the band's 2016 album, The Getaway which often has Kiedis questioning their relationship and the age difference between the two.“Lyrically, I’m embarrassed to say, but a two-year relationship that completely fell apart like a nuclear bomb just left me feeling pretty raw and available to the emotional universe for writing.
    More Details Hide Details So even though the relationship was a bit of a disaster, I feel that in some way I did get something out of it, which was about half the songs on this record.” Kiedis said.
    In April 1998, following Frusciante's three-month completion, Flea visited his former band-mate and openly invited him to re-join the band, an invitation Frusciante readily accepted.
    More Details Hide Details Within the week, and for the first time in six years, the foursome gathered to play and jump-started the newly reunited Red Hot Chili Peppers. The band released Californication on June 8, 1999. Immediately following the release of Californication, the band embarked on a world tour to support the record, beginning in the United States. To culminate the US leg of their tour, the Chili Peppers were asked to close Woodstock '99, which became infamous for the violence it resulted in. The band was informed minutes before arriving that the crowds and bonfires in the fields had gone out of control. When the Chili Peppers performed a tribute to Jimi Hendrix's song "Fire" to finish their set as a favor to Hendrix's sister, the disruption escalated into violence when several women who had been crowd surfing and moshing were raped and nearby property was looted and destroyed.
    He was talked into admitting himself to drug rehabilitation in January 1998.
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    This caused major tension between Kiedis and Navarro, who was fired from the band in early 1998.
    More Details Hide Details Flea informed Kiedis that he felt the only way the band could possibly continue is if Frusciante re-joined the band. In the years following Frusciante's departure from the Chili Peppers, he had developed a vicious addiction to both heroin and cocaine that left him in poverty and near death.
    The band regrouped in 1998 to begin writing for their seventh studio album however Navarro was now battling his own drug problems.
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  • 1995
    Age 32
    Chad Smith broke his arm prior to the launch of the U.S. tour in 1995 so it was delayed until early 1996.
    More Details Hide Details Near the tour's end, Kiedis was involved in a motorcycle accident which left him with a broken arm. The tour ended with the band's final set being cut short due to a massive tsunami. 1997 was dubbed by the band the year of nothing.
  • 1990
    Age 27
    Kiedis had a brief relationship in 1990 with singer Sinéad O'Connor who inspired him to write "I Could Have Lied" on 1991's Blood Sugar Sex Magik while a brief fling with Spice Girls singer Melanie "Sporty Spice" Chisholm inspired "Emit Remmus" from 1999's Californication.
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  • 1989
    Age 26
    This led to the end of his two-year relationship with Skye in December 1989: "I had managed to stay sober by not ingesting drugs, so my body had healed from all that torturous activity, but my mind still wasn't healthy enough to work out all the problems that come up in a relationship."
    More Details Hide Details The band sought to record their next album Blood Sugar Sex Magik in an unconventional setting, believing it would enhance their creative output. The band's producer Rick Rubin suggested the mansion magician Harry Houdini once lived in, to which they agreed. A crew was hired to set up a recording studio and other equipment required for production in the house. The band decided that they would remain inside the mansion for the duration of recording, though Smith, convinced the location was haunted, refused to stay. During this stage, Kiedis began to write about anguish, and the self-mutilating thoughts he would experience as a result of his heroin and cocaine addiction. Chili Peppers producer Rick Rubin stumbled upon one of Kiedis's poems that would become the lyrics to "Under the Bridge", and suggested Kiedis show it to the rest of the band. Kiedis was, however, apprehensive because he believed the lyrics to be "too soft" and unlike the band's style. After singing the verse to Frusciante, they began structuring the song the next day. The two worked for several hours arranging chords and melodies until they both agreed it was complete. The song later became a major hit, peaking at number two on the Billboard 100. When Blood Sugar Sex Magik was released on September 24, 1991, it received an overwhelmingly positive critical response. The album peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 200, and went on to sell over seven million copies in the U.S. alone.
  • 1987
    Age 24
    He rejoined the Red Hot Chili Peppers in Los Angeles to record the album. Upon returning home, he began dating actress Ione Skye, whom Flea had met while appearing with her in the 1987 science fiction film Stranded.
    More Details Hide Details Although Kiedis had recently become clean, his withdrawal symptoms increased and affected his musical contributions to the group. After fifty days of sobriety, Kiedis decided to take drugs again as a one-time attempt to celebrate his new music, which led to his resumed addiction. The recording process for the album became difficult as Kiedis would often disappear to seek drugs. Producer Michael Beinhorn recalled that "There were points in pre-production where I really thought the record wasn't gonna get made." Kiedis felt "excruciating pain and guilt and shame" when he would miss a recording session so he would try to write lyrics while searching for drugs; although the band members were upset by his drug use and frequent disappearances, they were impressed with his musical output at the time. After the international tour in support of Uplift, Slovak died of a heroin overdose in 1988. Following Slovak's death, Kiedis fled to a small fishing village in Mexico and did not attend his funeral, considering the situation to be surreal and dreamlike. Although he found the death to be a shock, he initially was not "scared straight" and continued to use heroin. However, a few weeks later, his friend convinced him to check into rehab and visit Slovak's grave, which inspired him to get clean. Irons was unable to cope with Slovak's death and subsequently quit the band, saying that he did not want to be part of something that resulted in the death of his friend.
  • 1980
    Age 17
    In June 1980, Kiedis graduated with honors from high school.
    More Details Hide Details That August, he enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles to study writing. However, he dropped out at the beginning of his second year due to his worsening addiction to cocaine and heroin. Kiedis, Slovak, and Flea began to create their own music after finding inspiration in a punk-funk fusion band called Defunkt. Kiedis rejected the violence and misogyny associated with the Los Angeles punk rock scene at the time, and wished to create a more peaceful environment that would encourage women to come to concerts. The three formed a band with former Anthym-drummer Jack Irons, called Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem. The band had only one song, titled "Out in L.A.", and was formed for the purpose of playing the song once. The song was based on a guitar riff that Slovak wrote while "jamming" with Irons, and was not meant to become a real song until Kiedis decided to rap over the music. Mike Chester, a friend of Kiedis', invited the band to open for his act Mike and Neighbor's Voices at The Rhythm Lounge, as he felt that Kiedis had potential as a frontman. Slovak and Flea were initially skeptical, and felt that Kiedis did not have enough vocal experience, but the two eventually agreed to perform. Kiedis later described the performance: "All the anticipation of the moment hit me, and I instinctively knew that the miracle of manipulating energy and tapping into an infinite source of power and harnessing it in a small space with your friends was what I had been put on this earth to do."
  • 1978
    Age 15
    Through his father Blackie, Kiedis, who worked under the stage name of Cole Dammett, landed his first acting role appearing as Sylvester Stallone's character's son in the 1978 film, F.I.S.T..
    More Details Hide Details That same year he would land two more acting jobs, one being on an ABC Afterschool Special and the other an appearance in the film, Jokes My Folks Never Told Me. Kiedis attended Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, where he struggled to find friends as he had recently transferred to a new school district. However, he soon met Flea, and after a brief confrontation, the two became best friends and bonded while sitting next to each other in driver's ed class. Kiedis recalled, "We were drawn to each other by the forces of mischief, love, and The Grateful Dead. We became virtually inseparable. We were both social outcasts. We found each other and it turned out to be the longest-lasting friendship of my life." Kiedis became a significant influence on Flea, exposing him to rock music, particularly punk rock. Kiedis and Flea began jumping into swimming pools from buildings as a hobby. At age 15, Kiedis broke his back attempting to jump into a swimming pool from a five-story building, missing the pool by a few inches. His back has since improved, although he still has occasional problems.
  • 1974
    Age 11
    In 1974, when Kiedis was twelve years old, he moved to Hollywood to live with his father full-time.
    More Details Hide Details His father was a struggling actor who sold drugs, which had a significant impact on Kiedis, as the two would often use marijuana and cocaine together. Kiedis accidentally tried heroin for the first time at age 14, mistaking the substance for cocaine.
  • 1966
    Age 3
    In 1966, when he was three years old, his parents divorced.
    More Details Hide Details Along with his two half-sisters, Julie and Jenny, he was raised by his mother and stepfather in Grand Rapids. Each summer, he would visit his father in Hollywood for two weeks, a time during which the two would bond. He idolized his father, and recalled, "Those trips to California were the happiest, most carefree, the-world-is-a-beautiful-oyster times I'd ever experienced."
  • 1962
    Born on November 1, 1962.
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