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Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea plans to write a tell-all memoir

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea plans to write a tell-all memoir

April 2 (UPI) -- Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea plans to write a memoir that begins in his childhood and follows through to the "tumultuous creative journey" of the band.
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Red Hot Chili Peppers didn't plug in their guitars for the Super Bowl, Flea explains why

Red Hot Chili Peppers didn't plug in their guitars for the Super Bowl, Flea explains why

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Fans noticed that the Red Hot Chili Peppers appeared to "air guitar" their way through their Super Bowl halftime performance with Bruno Mars.
Kate Stanton
Series based on Kiedis memoir planned

Series based on Kiedis memoir planned

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. filmmaker John Sayles is writing an HBO series based on "Scar Tissue," the autobiography of Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis, Variety.com said.
Kiedis, Christie break up

Kiedis, Christie break up

LOS ANGELES, July 11 (UPI) -- U.S. recording artist Anthony Kiedis and his girlfriend, former model Heather Christie, have broken up, sources say.
Kiedis, Lewis named sexiest vegetarians

Kiedis, Lewis named sexiest vegetarians

NORFOLK, Va., June 18 (UPI) -- Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis and British singer Leona Lewis have been voted the "World's Sexiest Vegetarians" in a new poll.

Band sues Showtime over series name

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The Red Hot Chili Peppers are suing Showtime Networks for allegedly violating a trademark law by naming one of its shows "Californication," TMZ.com said.

Chili Peppers' sound mystery solved

LONDON, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Mystery solved -- the reason the sound went out at a Red Hot Chili Peppers' concert in England was that singer Anthony Kiedis stepped on a power cable.

Victoria Secret model expects baby

HAMBURG, Germany, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- German supermodel Heidi Klum, of Victoria Secret ad and Sports Illustrated magazine's swimwear issue, is expecting her first baby.

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

(July 13)
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

(July 13)
By United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME Eddie Vedder, Anthony Kiedis and John Frusciante will be among the presenters Monday at the 17th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction dinner at New York's Waldorf-Astoria hotel.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME Eddie Vedder, Anthony Kiedis and John Frusciante will be among the presenters next Monday at the 17th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction dinner at New York's Waldorf-Astoria hotel.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International
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Anthony Kiedis
NYP96020904-09FEB96-NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA: Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis performs live on stage, Feb. 09, for the 'Chili Peppers' first appearance at Madison Square Garden. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are on tour for their newest release "One Hot Minute" which they were forced to pospone promoting last December after band guitarist Chad Smith broke his hand. UPI cc/C.L.Cornish
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Anthony Kiedis (pronounced /ˈkiːdɪs/; KEE-diss); born November 1, 1962) is an American vocalist/lyricist and occasional actor best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. Kiedis spent his youth in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his mother before moving to Hollywood, California at the age of twelve to be with his father. Shortly after high school, Kiedis embarked on a short stint at UCLA, but dropped out after losing interest because of substance abuse. After dropping out, Kiedis received an offer to be the opening act for a local band, and enlisted friends Flea, Hillel Slovak, and Jack Irons to assist, a line-up which eventually became the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Anthony Kiedis was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on November 1, 1962 to John Kiedis, a son of Lithuanian immigrants, and Margaret "Peggy" Idema of Greek, Dutch, English, Irish, French, and Mohican ancestry. He was never given a middle name, as per his birth certificate. His parents divorced in 1965 when he was three. He has two half-sisters, Julie and Jenny and a half-brother James. Kiedis lived with his mother in Lowell, Michigan until he was eleven years old, when he moved to Los Angeles to live with his father. He attended Fairfax High School with future band-mates Michael Balzary, Hillel Slovak, and Jack Irons.

Kiedis often battled with drug addiction, including lengthy addictions to heroin and cocaine, which started at a very young age. His father was also a drug addict, so Kiedis was constantly around his drug-using and dealing father, as well as his father's friends who engaged in the same activities. Some of his first drug use came from drugs he got from his father, including marijuana, which he first smoked when he was 10 years old. He abused drugs for years, even into the formation of the band, where other members were also using. He tried to get clean after the heroin overdose (specifically using the method of speedballing) death of Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Hillel Slovak on June 25, 1988, saying he would never shoot up again. He entered rehab and ended up staying clean for five years but relapsed in 1994 when he had a wisdom tooth removed. The dentist in Los Angeles felt novocain, a non-narcotic, would do to pull the tooth. However, the tooth ended up having to be cut out, so Kiedis was put under using liquid Valium. This sent him into a relapse. He went in and out of rehab over the next few years, but has reportedly avoided another relapse since December 24, 2000. "It’s easy to be a junkie," Kiedis said in the March, 2007, issue of Blender. "It’s not easy to be one of the greatest guitar players of all time, or one of the greatest writers."

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