Kiedis Foot Surgery Pushes Red Hot Chili Peppers Tour Back to March
The Red Hot Chili Pepper’s “I’m With You Tour,” originally set to start January 20, has been postponed due injuries to lead singer Anthony Kiedis’ right foot. All 23 dates of the first leg of the United States tour have been rescheduled, though the dates that were originally spread over three months are now scattered over eight months to account for previously announced dates. The earliest show will now be March 29 in Tampa Bay, Fla., while the final rescheduled show will be October 25 in Little Rock, Ark. All of the rescheduled dates can be found on the band’s official website.
Kiedis “recently underwent surgery to remove a crushed sesamoid bone and correct a detached flexor tendon in his foot and is expected to make a full recover,” according to the website. Though no cause for the injury has been released, Billboard magazine reports that the singer was seen with a cast on his right foot at a Los Angeles Lakers game last week, and that he told the Los Angeles Times last year that he has, “stayed out on tour with broken bones in my feet from jumping off the bass drum, which is kind of agonizing.”
The “I’m With You Tour” will support the Chili Pepper’s most recent album, I’m With You, which was released in August of last year. In addition to the rescheduled shows, the band also will undertake a European tour later this year. A first for the band, every show played (dating back to November of last year) will be professionally mixed and made available for purchase a few days after the gig on the website livechilipeppers.com.
I’m With You is the band’s tenth studio album, and the first since 2006’s Stadium Arcadium. It is also the first since 1999’s Californication not to feature guitarist John Frusciante, who has been replaced by former touring guitarist Josh Klinghogger.