Anthony Kiedis, the Red Hot Chili Peppers singer, opened up about his health problems in a new interview on Friday.

Anthony Kiedis Speaks On His Health Problems

The Red Hot Chili Peppers were forced to cancel their performance at KROQ’s Weenie Roast on May 14, after Kiedis was hospitalized with intestinal flu.

“It was a painful and sad thing to have to cancel shows, we don’t really do that,” Kiedis told ET Canada, in his first interview since his hospitalization. “I’d rather play deathly ill than not at all but in this particular instance I was starting to go down to the ground.”

“I had inflammation in my guts,” Kiedis explained. “That becomes an incredibly painful situation where you get a fever and pass out.”

The singer admits that he’s on the mend now and feeling good. “I feel good, not great, but good”, Kiedis shared.  “I think I had to get sick to take a look at myself and get to the causes and conditions of my overall health.”

Kiedis’ health scare also forced the band to postpone their May 17th show in Burbank, California. Yet, Kiedis now understands he’s been pushing too hard.

“I push pretty hard sometimes and I do take my health for granted on a certain level because I feel strong and capable,” the singer revealed. “I surf most days and I like to charge, but every now and then, the body is like ‘you’re doing something wrong, either fix it or we’re gonna let you know about it’, and I think that my body let me know that I had to change my ways a little bit.”

The Red Hot Chilli Peppers will release their 11th album The Getaway on June 17 and head on tour this summer.

Until then, the band is scheduled to return to the stage Sunday night to close out Columbus, Ohio’s Rock on the Range fest.

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