A cold -- actually the flu -- has cooled off the Red Hot Chili Peppers and forced the group to postpone a pair of shows in Ireland this week.
With frontman Anthony Kiedis ailing, concerts slated for Tuesday and Wednesday (December 20-21) have been moved to September 20-21, with the group posting on its web site that, "Anthony has been fighting off the flu all week and after the show last night (in London) it was clear that he had to stop touring and recover, hence the decision to push the shows to next year."
Kiedis also suffered a bout of intestinal flu earlier this year that forced the Chili Peppers to cancel a show in Los Angeles. The quartet is off the road now until January 5, when it begins a North American tour in San Antonio.
The group has dates booked on this side of the pond until the beginning of July, then returns to Europe for festivals in the summer.
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.