Red Hot Chili Peppers forced to halt tour after Anthony Kiedis suffers foot injury

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers have postponed a series of U.S. tour dates after foot problems sidelined frontman Anthony Kiedis.

He has been forced to undergo surgery to correct a crushed sesamoid bone and a detached flexor tendon. That means shows scheduled for next week will now be pushed back until April. A complete list of rescheduled dates is below. The European summer tour won’t be impacted, according to the band.

Kiedis originally began having foot problems during the Stadium Arcadium tour back in 2007: “I stayed out on tour with broken bones in my feet from jumping off the bass drum, which is kind of agonizing,” the singer has said, “and it led to me being in a bad state of mind.”

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are touring behind their 10th studio album, I’m With You, the first with new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, and have just been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Here’s a look back at our recent thoughts on the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and related solo projects. Click through the titles for complete reviews …

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS – I’M WITH YOU (2011): Though they often play with a familiar steely aggression, the Red Hot Chili Peppers seem nevertheless to be rounding the corner into middle age. I’m With You, the band’s first project since the 2006 double-album Stadium Arcadium, is often focused on departures — of youth and of old friends, perhaps a direct reaction to the exit of guitarist John Frusciante. The longest layover in band history, clearly, gave them time to think. Still, this being the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and thunderous bassist Flea being, well, thunderous on the bass, you’d expect most of these ideas to be buried deep in the group’s trademark whomping frat-boy funk, right? Not so fast. This Rick Rubin-produced efforts ends up as the most layered, complex offering in a Peppers’ catalog dating back almost three decades.

JOHN FRUSCIANTE – SHADOWS COLLIDE WITH PEOPLE (2004): hat is the sound of a lone Pepper? Not as hot, not as funky … but more distinctive than you might expect. While some of 2004?s Shadows Collide With People shares bits of Chili Pepper-ness, there are definitely a few non-Pepper moments. First of all, the electric guitar does not play a big role here. No, a strummed acoustic is used to build the bed of sound supporting the vocals. This isn’t really out of left field with respect to the Peppers: acoustic guitars are used there, just not to this degree. What is very Pepper-like is the tempo, with much of the album settling into that familiar mid-tempo “Californication”/ “Scar Tissue” area. It’s also quite amazing to hear Frusciante’s vocals.

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS – GREATEST HITS (2003): The Chili Peppers is one of those bands that I resisted. They were getting airplay from Mother’s Milk (“Higher Ground”, no doubt) and I just did not get it. Then Blood Sugar Sex Magik came out. This was the Peppers’ London Calling, their Dark Side Of The Moon (and hopefully not their Frampton Comes Alive). The funk was undeniable: killer guitar riffs and powerful in-the-pocket drumming, all anchored by Flea’s kinetic and soulful bass. So one day at work I’m listening to BSSM and a co-worker asks me if I’ve heard the ‘real’ Chili Peppers. He offers up his LP copies of Uplift Mofo Party Plan and Freaky Styley. Cripes, this stuff is nuts!

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Here’s the complete list of postponed dates; tickets will be honored at the rescheduled concerts:

Old Date … New Date: City, Venue
01/20 … 04/02: Sunrise, FL, Bank Atlantic Center*
01/21 … 03/31: Orlando, FL, Amway Arena*
01/23 … 03/29: Tampa Bay, FL, Tampa Bay Times Forum
01/25 … 04/06: Charlotte, NC, Time Warner Cable Arena
01/27 … 04/04: Raleigh, NC, RBC Center*
01/28 … 04/07: Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena*
01/30 … 04/10: Duluth, GA, Gwinnett Center*
01/31 … 04/09: Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum
02/03 … 04/12: Memphis, TN, FedEx Forum*
02/04 … 10/04: New Orleans, LA, New Orleans Arena*
02/17 … 08/14: Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena*
02/18 … 08/15: Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena*
02/26 … 08/11: Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center*
02/27 … 08/12: Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center*
02/29 … 09/23: San Diego, CA, Valley View Casino Center*
03/02 … 09/25: Glendale, AZ, Jobing.com Arena
03/04 … 09/27: Denver, CO, Pepsi Center*
03/06 … 09/29: San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center*
03/08 … 10/20: Houston, TX, Toyota Center*
03/09 … 10/02: Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center*
03/13 … 10/24: Tulsa, OK, BOK Arena
03/1 … 10/22: Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Arena
03/16 … 10/25: Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena

*-sold-out show

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso has written for USA Today, American Songwriter, All About Jazz, and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the U.S. by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Nick is now associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock.
Nick DeRiso
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