Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis Talks Pre-Show Rituals


Story by Anne Erickson

What do the Peppers do to get ready for a big show?

It’s time for the Red Hot Chili Peppers to kick off their 2017 North American tour to promote their new album, “The Getaway,” and the guys did just that last night (Jan. 4) in San Antonio, Texas. Now, the Peppers will stay on the road clear through July, but frontman Anthony Kiedis is ready.

“The physicality of our shows is such that there’s no way you’re gonna make that happen without preparation,” Kiedis said in a new video. “Because I sing loud for two hours during a show, I have to spend a lot of time getting my voice together with the right food and the right warm-ups, and then I have to run or stretch or do push-ups or wrestle Flea or something to get my blood flowing.”

So, what does Kiedis do before a gig to get prepared?

“I have to eat three hours before, so I have protein in my blood stream, but I won’t vomit all over the microphone,” he said. “Because if I eat right before I play, I’m not keeping it down. It’s too intense, it’s like playing an entire basketball game or something while you’re singing and playing instruments.”

Kiedis also said he and the Peppers listen to music together before a show.

This run of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ North American will wrap up in Chicago on July 1.

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