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Anthony Kiedis Biography
Vocalist Anthony Kiedis went from playing Sylvester Stallone's son in the movie F.I.S.T. to becoming one of the most influential artists in the alternative rock boom of the early '90s. As the frontman for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kiedis has inspired a generation of musicians with a hankering for both punk and funk; however, the maturation of Kiedis' songwriting -- from the goofy party music of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' early albums to the group's reflective commercial breakthrough "Under the Bridge" -- is one of rock's biggest surprises. Kiedis was born in Grand Rapids , MI , on November 1, 1962. After his parents divorced, 11-year-old Kiedis moved with his father to Los Angeles . Kiedis spent much of his youth listening to Sly Stone, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, and Stevie Wonder, artists who would eventually shape the Red Hot Chili Peppers' sound. During the '80s, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were one of America 's most popular cult bands. When guitarist Hillel Slovak died of a drug overdose in 1988, Kiedis started questioning his own indulgence in narcotics.

Anthony Kiedis During the Stadium Arcadium Tour

Kiedis participated in Trip on This, an anti-drug video with Jane's Addiction and the Beastie Boys, in 1992. In addition to his work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kiedis has acted as well, appearing in movies such as The Chase, Point Break, and Tough Guys. Michael Sutton - All Music Guide
Kiedis often struggled with drug addiction, including methamphetamine and cocaine throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He tried to get clean after the heroin overdose 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 1993 because of a strong painkiller used while having his wisdom teeth removed. He went in and out of rehab over the next few years, but has reportedly avoided another relapse since December 24, 2000. "Itís easy to be a junkie," Kiedis said in the March, 2007, issue of Blender. "Itís not easy to be one of the fastest guitar players of all time, or one of the greatest writers

Date of Birth: 1 November 1962, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Nickname: The Swan

Height :5' 8Ĺ" (1.74 m)

Dated actress Ione Skye.

His great grandfather, Anton Kiedis, was Lithuanian, and his father's mother has some Mohican Blood.

Is a vegetarian.

Anthony met the Dalai Lama during a trip in India at the end of 1996.

In the year 1997 the band's touring had to be cancelled after he broke his wrist and his arm in many places in a serious motorbike accident when a car suddenly pulled a U-turn.

Practices yoga.

Most of the songs on the band's 2002 album, 'By The Way', were written about his ex-girlfriend, fashion designer Yohanna Logan.

Likes to do "thrilling" things. When he was younger, Anthony and Flea used to jump off roofs for fun.

Shares a birthday with Rick Allen, the one-armed drummer from Def Leppard.

Broke his back when he was 16 when misjudging a jump from a rooftop into a pool.

Has a nephew called Jackson Diego.

He and band-mate Flea came up with the name Red Hot Chili Peppers as an homage to jazz bands such as Louis Armstrong's band "The Red Hot Five", and also the 70s band "Chilli Willi and The Red Hot Peppers".

Resides in L.A.; he also owned a house in New Zealand for a while but he recently sold it, saying he actually didn't have enough time to go to New Zealand and didn't need that house.

Has three siblings. Two sisters (Julie and Jen) and one half brother (James).

Has a Rhodesian Ridgeback called Buster.

His father John Kiedis (aka Blackie Dammett) is an actor and president of RHCP club. His mother's name is Margaret "Peggy" Idema. They got married on July 2nd 1960.

The song "Transcending" on The Red Hot Chili Peppers album "One Hot Minute" is dedicated to River Phoenix.

His godfather was Sonny Bono.

Published his autobiography "Scar Tissue", which peaked at number 17 on the "New York Times" bestseller list (2004).

He always drinks ginseng tea before going on stage.

Girlfriend is model Jessica Stam

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