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The Crazy Story of How Red Hot Chili Peppers Frontman Anthony Kiedis Broke His Back

“I jumped and, while in the air, I realized that I had put too much effort into this jump, and, apparently, I was going to fly past the pool. But I couldn’t do anything about it ... ”, Kiedis diligently recalls. "The concrete was closing in on me and I landed on my heels, missing the pool by about ten inches..."

How Anthony Kiedis managed to break his back - the story of one crazy act

Actor's son Blackie Dammeta, Anthony Kiedis is a prominent member of the rock scene, who is known not only for his outstanding frontman skills, but also for his crazy antics far beyond the music scene ... He is an American musician, songwriter, rapper and actor. Kiedis widely known as the lead vocalist of a rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, and his biography is so rich that it is difficult to distinguish real facts from well-written fiction! Anthony Kiedis grew up under the guidance of such rock legends as Keith Moon, and his nanny in childhood was herself Cher! And, as you know, he became a real man at the age of 12 because of his father's girlfriend. In short, all he knows is abnormality. And, given all the high-profile scandals that halo over his person, the story of how Kiedis broke his back seems more than true ...

Significant meeting with "Flea"

Anthony Kiedis and Flea
Anthony Kiedis and Flea

As a teenager Kiedis could wander the streets for days Los Angeles, and ... constantly getting into trouble (actually, like most people at this age). However, the rebellious streak in his life was incomparable with anyone (well, or almost) ... He thought that he was invincible, and nothing could harm him. How wrong he was... Kiedis went down a destructive path and now lives with battle scars that serve as a reminder of his crazy youth... At a tender age, the singer was somewhat of a loner and never approached the other kids he went to school with. However, everything changed when he met Michael Balzary, known as simply Flea. Two future bandmates Red Hot Chili Peppers soon became inseparable! Together they also sought to wreak havoc...

Crazy summer in California

Anthony Kiedis and Flea...
Anthony Kiedis and Flea...

Endless summer for friends California was a constant series of troubles (often it even came to street fights!) and Anthony, and Michael treated every day in their lives as if it could be the last ... And one day, the wild antics of this crazy couple almost killed Kiediswhen he was only 15 years old. It happened in 1977 year, and as a result of this, Anthony received a broken back. In fact, it is a great miracle that Kiedis survived this crazy stunt: breaking his back was the best possible scenario... So how did this happen? In his memoirs, the frontman Red Hot Chili Peppers says:

“Mike was my constant companion… During these long walks, we passed all these one-, two-, three-, and sometimes four- and five-story residential buildings built around a central pool. And one day I had a wonderful idea! I looked at the building and said: “This is a trampoline, my friend…”

"Ski Jump"

Anthony Kiedis
Anthony Kiedis

At this point, it might be expected that Flea - like a real caring friend - will intervene and tell Anthony that diving into the pool from the roof of an apartment building is not the best idea ... At the very least, this is a recipe for disaster! However, both guys were on the same, very crazy and lightning wave. Therefore, seeing the ideal building, Flea went first without hesitation. Fortunately, he landed safely, which cannot be said about Anthony: for him, this story with jumps ended quite differently ...

“I jumped and, while in the air, I realized that I had put too much effort into this jump, and, apparently, I was going to fly past the pool. But I couldn’t do anything about it ... ”, Kiedis diligently recalls. “The concrete was closing in on me and I landed on my heels, missing the pool by about ten inches…”

It is noteworthy that Kiedis somehow remained conscious. That is why today he vividly remembers the painful trip in the ambulance to the hospital. According to the rocker, the pain he experienced on this trip is unlike anything else he has ever experienced...

A happy outcome...

Anthony continues his story:

“After a while, a doctor came into the room and said, ‘You broke your back, and it doesn’t look good…’ Finally, they gave me medicine and equipped the pulley system with a seat belt and a medical bustier belt. I was told that my vertebrae were flattened like pancakes and that a month of traction would help stretch them…”

Just for a moment: this type of injury can render a person immobile for life! But what is surprising for Kiedis, breaking his back was the equivalent of a simple shin bruise... So - if you want some proof that Kiedis not a man, they will serve as his superhero recovery for a month after a near-fatal accident!

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