Anthony Kiedis attended the opening of the Raymond Pettibon exhibition “From my bumbling attempt to write a disastrous musical, these illustrations muyst [sic] suffice” at Regen Projects, Los Angeles on 23rd April, 2015
Extracts from an interview with Anthony’s nephew, Jackson, have been featured in this article:
“What’s it like being in the same room as your uncle when he isn’t shirtless and hyped? Is he super chill or just like an average dude? Also, has he offered to give you lessons in anything?”
“He is definitely more subdued than he is on stage, though that doesn’t necessarily mean his shirt is always on. He doesn’t know much more than a few chords on guitar, so I haven’t gotten any lessons from him, but I do see him as a huge inspiration for my own musical endeavors. He got me drums and a bass once for christmas.”
On his uncle’s pals:
“Do you have a relationship with anyone else in the band? Like Chad, Flea, Josh or John?”
“I kinda just answered this but yeah. Flea especially, as he’s still my uncles best friend. They are all amazing people. When I was a kid, I loved the wild thornberrys and would always ask flea to do the donnie voice once I found out it was him. He obliged every time but did it more halfheartedly every time. haha.”
On Kiedis’s dad:
“How often do you see.. Uncle Blackie aka Anthony’s father?”
“Blackie… I haven’t seen him since RHCP got inducted into the hall of fame. I used to see him every couple of months, his house in Michigan was crazy. He had a giant skull collection lining the walls of every room and an unlicensed wolf named Shiva. Everyone in my small hometown knew someone that knew Blackie. He got around quite a bit.”
On the Kiedis scent:
“WHAT DOES YOUR UNCLE SMELL LIKE?”
“Years worth of BO. Its kind of charming in a weird musky way though.”
On the Kiedis family Christmas
“What are the holidays like with Anthony Kiedis?”
“Although it has been a few years since we’ve celebrated Xmas together, they would always be great. He would take on the role of Santa and pass around presents to people. He also always had the best gift ever”
On dancing in the streets:
“So I’d like to ask how did Mr. Keidis create his dance moves? Like honestly those are one of a kind moves”
“I have no idea but I completely agree- and they aren’t restricted to the stage either. Any time we pass buskers on the street and he’s feeling the music, he will whip out his crazy spin moves. He sometimes runs into passersby too. Actually this one time last summer in a tiny Michigan beach town there was this old school country singing busker. My uncle asked if he knew Why Don’t You Love Me Like You Used To Do by Hank Williams(which RHCP covered). The busker knew it and my uncle sang harmonies with him. too cool.”
We normally post information here once and add additional links to existing articles, but I’m making an exception for this article on Anthony Kiedis receiving the Gershwin award (original post with ticket info, etc.) because there are comments by his mother, Peggy Noble Idema, in the article and it also mentions that RHCP will start recording the new album in July:
Anthony Kiedis, singer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and one of Grand Rapids’ most famous exports, will be the 2015 recipient of the George and Ira Gershwin Award.
Presented by the University of California Los Angeles’ Student Alumni Association, the honor is a lifetime achievement award handed out annually to landmark figures in the music industry. The UCLA website calls Kiedis “one of the most influential artists in the alternative rock boom of the early ’90s,” and the university will place him among previous recipients such as Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Julie Andrews, Ella Fitzgerald, Alanis Morissette and MC Hammer.
“This really makes me proud,” Kiedis mother, Peggy Noble Idema, of Lowell, said. “Both my parents and Grandpa Idema were huge Gershwin fans – I grew up with their music.”
The award will be bestowed upon the singer at UCLA’s May 16 alumni day.
Kiedis, 52, was born in GrandRapids,and lived here until he was 11, attending Brookside Elementary School. He frequently visits the area to visit his mother and other relatives.
Red Hot Chili Peppers last performed locally in 2012, at Van Andel Arena, its fourth time headlining the venue since 2000. The band has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide, and was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Recording for the band’s 11th studio album is set to begin in July, Idema said.
A few weeks ago we ran an article (see here) about Anthony Kiedis appearing on an Animals Asia campaign photo shoot; a short trailer has now been released of Anthony speaking on behalf of this same campaign on Vogue Italia :
Text: È una pratica inumana. Guardando le immagini delle “fattorie della bile” l’unico pensiero che viene in mente è proprio questo. Diecimila orsi tibetani (detti orsi della luna) vivono segregati in gabbie minuscole e usati solamente per la produzione di bile estratta tramite cateteri inseriti direttamente nella cistifellea.
La bile di orso tibetano è infatti un ingrediente importante nella medicina tradizionale cinese i cui benefici per la salute umana, però, sono tutti da confermare (e anzi sembra che siano davvero minimi). Per cercare di mettere fine a questa tortura, pratica anche osteggiata dallo stesso governo cinese, a maggio partirà la campagna Let a Bear Sh!t in the Wood”, iniziativa realizzata da Animals Asia e sostenuta da numerose celebrities tra cui Sharon e Ozzy Osbourne, Simon Le Bon, Anthony Kiedis, Moby, Duff McKagan, Steve-O, Matt Lucas.
La campagna vedrà impegnate in prima linea le tre modelle Katarina Benzova, in veste di fotografa della campagna, Shaina Danziger che girerà un cortometraggio ispirato al video della finta band Spinal Tap, e Shannon Rusbuldt. Nella nostra gallery potete vedere un teaser di quella che è una campagna importante per dire basta alla prigionia degli orsi della luna.
It is an inhuman practice. Looking at pictures of “bear farms” the only thought that comes to mind is this. Ten thousand Tibetan bears (called moon bears) live segregated in tiny cages and used only for the production of bile extracted through catheters inserted directly into the gallbladder.
The bear bile Tibetan is in fact an important ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine whose beneficial to human health, however, are all to be confirmed (and indeed seem to be very minimal). To try and put an end to this torture, practice also opposed by the Chinese government, in May will start the campaign Let Bear Sh! T in the Wood “, an initiative created by Animals Asia and supported by numerous celebrities including Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Simon Le Bon, Anthony Kiedis, Moby, Duff McKagan, Steve-O, Matt Lucas.
The campaign will involve frontline three models Katarina Benzova, as a photographer of the campaign, which will run Shaina Danziger a short film inspired by the video of the fake band Spinal Tap, and Shannon Rusbuldt. In our gallery you can see a teaser of what is a major campaign to put a stop to the captivity of the moon bears.
Many thanks to Andjelka for the information on this.
The City Arts Factory in Orlando, Florida, is hosting an exhibition of photographs spanning a thirty year period by photographer Jim Leatherman. The exhibition includes photos Leatherman took of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and in the account below Leatherman remembers giving Anthony Kiedis copies of the photos at a later RHCP concert he went to:
In the front row, sweat-soaked victims braced themselves against stage-diving kicks to the face that caused noses and gums to gush. On stage, the Red Hot Chili Peppers tore shirtless through songs off recently released The Uplift Mofo Party Plan. It was 1987, Flea had maybe one tattoo, Hillel Slovak was still alive and Orlando photographer Jim Leatherman drove six hours to plant himself in this seedy part of Atlanta to watch the Chili Peppers’ bloody blossom. From the second story of the venue where Leatherman perched, his shutter snapped an overhead perspective of an intense shared experience – a memory that three years later, when the Chili Peppers played Visage Nightclub in Orlando, brought singer Anthony Kiedis to tears when Leatherman showed up with the photos.
“Timing is the most important thing for me,” Leatherman says. “I’m not just there to take a picture. I want to wait for the exact moment. I’m always looking through the viewfinder, always looking through the screen. Waiting, waiting, waiting.”
Leatherman approached the rock star and shyly gifted him the photos, planning to simply pass them on and then back off. (Note that while his camera intrudes fearlessly to catch intimate moments during pivotal performances, Leatherman’s social demeanor is humbly unobtrusive.) Instead, Kiedis barked for him to come closer, and the pair sat for nearly half an hour while Kiedis went through the photos and reflected on his friendship with original Chili Peppers guitarist Slovak, who had died between the Atlanta show and the Orlando date. According to Leatherman, Kiedis cried off and on during the exchange.
“At the time, Mother’s Milk had just come out, so [Red Hot Chili Peppers] were starting to get really big,” Leatherman says. “I just thought he would be this kind of weird, scary party dude that really wouldn’t give me the time of day, and he turned out to be the sweetest, most emotional guy that I’ll never forget. It was cool, and just to have somebody appreciate my pictures was even more cool.”
The exhibition runs from its opening today (April 16th 2015; exhibition opens at 6 p.m) until May 15th at the City Arts Factory, 29 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida.
The LA Times is running a brief article about Anthony Kiedis attending a basketball match with Flea and David Mushegain as his old school, Fairfax High.
”If you were at the Fairfax gym on Tuesday night, you would have been able to see two of the band members from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flea (bass) and lead vocalist Anthony Kiedis, cheering for the Lions from courtside seats.
Flea, a Fairfax grad, has been one of the Lions’ loyal fans, coming to home and road games.
He looks to be having more fun than going to a Lakers game.”