Anthony Kiedis (born 01.11.1962)
Anthony Kiedis is American singer and the frontman of the band Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Childhood: Anthony Kiedis was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His parents are actor John Kiedis, aka Blackie Dammett, and Peggy Noble. They divorced when he was 3. He saw his father in Hollywood for two weeks every summer before moving in with him when he was 12. His dad also sold drugs and the pair used to take marijuana and cocaine together. He attended Fairfax High School in LA and was a social outcast until he met his future bandmate Flea. He later also met his other bandmate Hillel Slovak and the three were best friends, often taking recreational drugs together. He broke his back aged 15 when he leapt from a 5 storey building aiming for the swimming pool below but missed. He still suffers from problems. He was a straight A student at school and graduated with honors before attending the UCLA to study writing. He soon dropped out due to drug addiction.
Musical career: Anthony Kiedis teamed with Slovak, flea and drummer Jack Irons in a band called Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem. They played a song called 'Out in L.A.' and were asked by Kiedis' friend Mike Chester to open for his band Mike and Neighbor's Voices at The Rhythm Lounge where they were eventually given a regular spot and changed their name to Red Hot Chili Peppers. They played at various other venues and eventually garnered attention at a strip club show when they played nude but with socks on their penises. After sending in a demo, they were signed to EMI Records to record their self-titled debut album but Slovak and Irons soon left to be replaced by Jack Sherman and Cliff Martinez. After their second album 'Freaky Styley', Irons re-joined the band following Martinez being fired. The third album was a struggle to record due to Kiedis' heroin addiction and lack of motivation. He was temporarily asked to leave to go into rehab and he quit the drug cold turkey after RHCP won the LA Weekly Band of the Year award. His soon started taking drugs again which affected his ability to make complete third album 'The Uplift Mofo Party Plan' with the band. In 1988, Slovak died of a heroin overdose and Irons left the band again unable to cope with the loss while Kiedis quit drugs again. DeWayne McKnight and D.H. Peligro were added to the band, though McKnight clashed with the other members and was soon replaced by a talented fan called John Frusciante. Peligro was then fired and replaced by Chad Smith for the fourth album, 'Mother's Milk', in 1989. They recorded album 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik' in Harry Houdini's old mansion and it hit number 3 in the Billboard charts. Kiedis wrote single 'Under the Bridge' about his addiction and that hit number 2. They embarked on a major tour during which Frusciante felt uncomfortable with the attention and left to be replaced by Arik Marshall. Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro was added to the band. During recording for the next album, Kiedis struggled with his vocals after becoming addicted to drugs again despite 5 years of being clean. Ahead of the release of their sixth album 'One Hot Minute' in 1995, they recorded a video for 'Warped' which featured Kiedis and Navarro kissing at the end. Warner Bros. wanted to shelve it fearing it would cause offence to their fans but they released it anyway and suffered some backlash. Frusciante was invited to re-join the band and they subsequently released 'Californication' in 1999. As part of their resulting tour, they closed Woodstock '99 which was notoriously remembered for the out of control crowds which resulted in several women getting raped and nearby properties getting looted. In 2007, the band took a hiatus and Frusciante left permanently. The band go back together in 2011 and were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2012. Anthony Kiedis: Other career ventures Anthony Kiedis began his showbiz career as an actor, landing his first role in 1978's, 'F.I.S.T.' opposite Sylvester Stallone and under the stage name Cole Dammett. In the 1991, he appeared opposite Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze in 'Point Break'. He has also appeared in 1994's 'The Chase' with Charlie Sheen. In 2004, Kiedis published his autobiography 'Scar Tissue'. In 2008, he organised the festival New American Music Union in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2011, he was in the documentary 'Bob and the Monster' about the life of drug counselor 'Bob Forrest'.
Personal life: Anthony Kiedis dated actress Ione Skye for two years but they split in 1989 due to his destructive withdrawal symptoms from drugs. He had a relationship with Heather Christie and they had a son called Everly Bear in 2007. He has suffered from heroin and cocaine addiction on and off since he was 11-years-old. He stayed at the Salvation Army rehabilitation clinic in Grand Rapids after being temporarily fired in 1986 and subsequently spent a period living with his mother. He began taking drugs after 53 days when he met Skye. After Slovak's death, he moved to Mexico and did not attend the funeral hardly able to believe what had happened. He eventually visited his grave and attempted to get clean again. After 5 years of being clean, he underwent a dental procedure and was given the sedative Valium which caused him to become addicted again. Kiedis addiction to heroin and cocaine left him poverty-stricken and close to death and he re-entered rehab in 1998. The band had to postpone a tour in 2012 as Kiedis was suffering from a long-standing injury in his foot that began in 2006. He subsequently had surgery.
Anthony Kiedis and Helena Vestergaard - Red Hot Chili Peppers front man Anthony Kiedis photographed with his wife and Australian model Helena Vestergaard after having breakfast at Kings road Cafe - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 3rd September 2014
Anthony Kiedis and Everly Bear Kiedis - Anthony Kiedis arrives at Los Angeles International (LAX) airport carrying his daughter Everly - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 12th July 2014
Bob Forrest was at the height of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll era of the eighties as he toured the States with his punk rock band Thelonious Monster, taking in every narcotic that became available to him. He took so many drugs and consumed so much alcohol that he became a shadow of his former self, unable to stay stood up on stage, regularly falling unconscious and frequently causing a scene wherever he happened to venture. He went to more than 20 rehabilitation clinics over 9 years to try and get clean while struggling to be around for his son Elijah, until he managed to pull through and turn his life around forever. He is now one of the most sought after and influential drug counsellors in America who has help the likes of so many big musicians transform their lives including Hole's Courtney Love and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis.
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The Red Hot Chilli Peppers frontman was attacked by a security guard who confused him with a crazed Rolling Stones fan
red hot chilli peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis was made to do some cooling down on Friday (June 21) after he was spotted brawling with a security guard outside the Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia. The singer and the hired muscle apparently traded blows with each other after Kiedis was refused entry to the building, and the whole thing was caught on tape.
If you head over to TMZ, you can see the footage of Kiedis as he trades blows with the security personelle, neither one of them backing down as the whole scene gets violent very fast. In the footage, the RHCPs frontman approaches the hotel with a female friend and is blocked from entering by the bouncer. As Kiedis tries to get around him, the security guard flings himself at the singer and the fighting begins.
There was some reason behind the crazy scene however, as it turns out the Rolling Stones were staying in the same hotel as Kiedis and were leaving the hotel when he had arrived. Mistaking Kiedis for a crazed fan, the bouncer did what he thought necessary to warn off any potential threat to the veteran rockers. So everything makes sense right, well, not entirely.
We've all had that moment; looking at photos of our favourite celebs and then jumping out of our seats screaming, 'He's HOW old?!' Well, we've been doing a lot of that here at ContactMusic. Some stars seem to have crept up the age ladder pretty sneakily, the odd wrinkle and grey hair barely registering on our radar, while others don't seem to have aged at all! English football player David Beckham was in his twenties when he rose to global popularity and, looking at his recent H&M underwear advert, it seems that his iconic hairstyles and tattoos are our only way of working out the old from the newer pictures of him. However, he is only 37 and has plenty of time to catch up yet. It's the over-50s that have really had our mouths agape in recent times as we've been scouring the net for the most youthful looking middle to old aged stars.
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