The Red Hot Chili Peppers returned to the road after a 10-day break on Thursday night (February 2) in Detroit, and frontman Anthony Kiedis is still wearing an orthopedic walking boot on his left leg -- although that hardly kept him from hopping and skipping around the stage during the 100-minute show.
Drummer Chad Smith tells us that it's part of a continuing series of maladies plaguing the singer:
"Anthony f***** up his foot. He's in a boot, one of those sort of soft cast things, so he's kinda hobbling around a little bit...His feet and his toes and his legs and his knees are kinda f***** up. I think it's all the years of jumping off the drums and doing what he does, and just, he heard a pop and it's like his tendon for something...He just needs time to heal but when you're playing concerts that's not the best way to have your feet and your legs heal. It's a little frustrating for him....But he's a pro. The show must go on!"
Kiedis has played with leg injuries before, most notably during the Chili Peppers' headlining run on the 1992 Lollapalooza tour. The group had to postpone some shows during the spring and in December when Kiedis came down with intestinal flu. The Getaway World Tour plays Saturday (February 4) in Toronto and currently has dates booked into September.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.