Red Hot Chili Peppers returned to the live stage for the first time since singer Anthony Kiedis was hospitalized last week for an intestinal ailment, closing out theRock On The Range festival in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday night (May 22nd). The band delivered a 15-song set that featured the first live performance of the new Chili Peppers single, “Dark Necessities,” as well as a slew of hits like “Can’t Stop,” “Under The Bridge,” “Higher Ground,” “Californication,” “By The Way” and the show-ending “Give It Away.”
- According to reports, Kiedis was his “normal, energetic self” and showed no signs of the illness that forced the band to cancel two shows in California last week.
- Kiedis told ET Canada earlier this week that he was felled by a combination of a virus, inflammation in his digestive system and old scar tissue from a hernia operation.
- Kiedis is actually the second band member to face a health issue surrounding the making of their new album, The Getaway. Flea sustained a broken arm last year while snowboarding and told us how it set the recording process back: [“I busted my arm in five places — my elbow, my nerves — like I really busted it up. It was bad. And I thought I might never play again and, you know, anyways I had a big surgery and it was like six months until I could play bass again, or play bass well enough again to like go in and rock with the band. And even that, I wasn’t quite all the way there, but now I’m totally back.”] SOUNDCUE (:20 OC: . . . I’m totally back.)
- The Getaway, the Chili Peppers’ 11th studio album, arrives on June 17th.
- The band’s next scheduled live appearance will be at the BottleRock Festival in Napa, California on May 29th.
CHECK IT OUT: Watch fan-filmed footage of the first live performance of “Dark Necessities”: