US alternative rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers have canceled two shows after lead singer Anthony Kiedis was rushed to hospital suffering from an intestinal flu. The singer is expected to recover "soon."
The Red Hot Chili Peppers (RHCP) "regretfully" postponed their concert scheduled for Tuesday in Los Angeles, after pulling out of a headlining gig on Saturday in Los Angeles.
The news came after lead singer Anthony Kiedis had been hospitalized "from complications from the intestinal flu," according to a short online statement posted on the band's website on Sunday.
"Anthony is expected to make a full recovery soon," the band added, thanking the fans for their well wishes.
Kiedis (right), here performing at the Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show, was hospitalized on Saturday
The RCHP had been set to headline the annual Weenie Roast concert held by radio station KROQ on Saturday, but were forced to cancel the show after the 53-year-old Kiedis was rushed from the venue and taken to a hospital for stomach pains.
The rest of the band then appeared before the audience without their instruments and apologized.
"We are unable to play tonight," said the bassist Flea. "We will be playing for you very soon, and we will play for you like the feral animals full of love that we are."
"We are so sorry," he added.
The group's drummer Chad Smith also expressed his regret about not performing on Twitter.
The musicians have a busy touring schedule ahead of them, with the band set to release a new album, "The Getaway," next month.
dj/cmk (AFP, Reuters)