Anthony spoke about his father’s illness last night during the Grand Rapids concert and asked everyone to send Blackie their love. It was so moving, heartbreaking and beautiful.
“…If you could be so kind. My father is fixin’ to die and that’s OK. He’s had a wild, great journey and a helluva colourful badass life but he’s sick and he’s gonna to die now. He’s pretty lost; he’s just a spirit but I would like for everyone just to take ten seconds to send him some love, to send his spirit some love because pretty soon he will be sailingon and I would appreciate it if his home town could send him love for a whole ten seconds of love. Let’s give it up. Ten! [interval of silence]
Thank you. Let’s do this tune. Appreciate it.”
The band then played Soul To Squeeze.
Many thanks to Bud Ratcliffe for sharing this beautiful moment. I don’t know if another version of this has been posted anywhere yet but the one I’ve seen has settings set so it can’t be shared directly. It is on Blackie’s new Facebook page JOHN KIEDIS but I’m not sure how visible it is:
“He’s got a gun “… “he’s lost “, sounds like Anthony’s father is in a very dark place right now, as Robin Williams and more recently,Chris Cornell apparently were.
When this type of news crosses my path, not only am I saddened, but I’m increasingly appreciative of my life’s good fortune in having encountered Eastern Spirituality, such as Buddhism & Advaita Vedanta.
It’s gonna be alright. May Blackie find and bask in his well earned deep abiding peace. Honored to have met such a rare soul. Godspeed Blackie and big love to AK.
Seeing anyone slowly losing their quality of life is so sad. When you see the love and adoration a father has for his son. Mr Kiedis’s support of his music and love for the fans of makes you feel like you the fan are losing a friend as well. Doesn’t help much that I’m empathically connected to everyone in some fashion of heart. You can easily recognize the honor to share life in today’s day and age with technology where Love can spread a little more effectively. Love and light to Blackie xx
Word! Mad props for the Head Honcho. Those were surrealy good times in huge part all thx to Black–hopefully cognizant of how much he is appreciated. There would have been no rockinfreakapotomi club w/o AK’s Pops, fullstop.
Lots of love to Blackie & Anthony. I lost my Father last September to dementia, really do feel for them.
Suzanne & Terry Gipp.
I lost my Mum two years ago tomorrow from Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s so horrible <3