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Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis is recovering well after a bout of intestinal flu saw him admitted to hospital over the weekend.

The band had to cancel a planned show at the KROQ Weenie Roast festival in Los Angeles on Saturday after he was taken to hospital experiencing “extreme stomach pain”.

Anthony was later revealed to be suffering from an intestinal flu virus, but bandmate Chad Smith says he is so resilient he’s already well on the road to recovery.

“He’s a very strong man and he’ll be back better than ever,” Chad tells Britain’s Radio X, while confirming Anthony will return for the next date of the band’s world tour in Columbus, Ohio on Monday.

The Californication singer has already been seen out and about since his illness, as he was pictured visiting a sushi restaurant with the group’s bass guitarist Flea, real name Michael Peter Balzary, on Sunday.

However Chad says he, Flea and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ guitarist Josh Klinghoffer feared the worst when their bandmate was taken ill.


“His stomach was killing him. It was really scary,” the drummer says. “So we went directly to the hospital and we were really upset we couldn’t play for the fans, but also more worried about him. I really appreciate all the well wishes. People sent so much stuff.”

The 54-year-old rocker also acknowledges that after the recent deaths of iconic musicians including Prince and David Bowie, Anthony’s hospital stay may have worried fans.

“I know everyone’s freaked out when they hear about another musician going into the hospital. It’s been such a rough year,” he adds.

After the Ohio gig, Red Hot Chili Peppers play one more show in the US, in Napa Valley, California, before their tour heads to Europe in June.

The band’s new album The Getaway, is released on 17 June, while its lead single Dark Necessities was made available to buy earlier this month.

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