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Anthony Kiedis, singer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, was rushed to the hospital yesterday, just hours before he was scheduled to take the stage at a concert in Irvine, California.

The front man reportedly suffered severe stomach pains and was taken to the hospital in an ambulance from the venue, reports Billboard.

The Chili Peppers were headlining the KROQ Weenie Roast, an annual event put on by a Los Angeles-area radio station.

Upon learning of the event, the station issued the following message via Twitter:

"Unfortunately due to illness the @ChiliPeppers were forced to cancel their set tonight at #WeenieRoast. More details to come."

Kiedis’ band mates, Flea, Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer took the stage to break the news to the 16,000 fans who came to watch them play.

"Anthony is on the way to the hospital right now, and we’re unable to play this evening," Flea told the audience.

"We are devastated about it. We’re really sad. We love you so much. We live to rock."

"We live to f**king dig deep into the depths of our hearts and rock," he continued.

"But unfortunately, there’s a medical thing that happened, and he needed to deal with it."

Later that evening, Smith expressed his feelings on Twitter.

"NO one’s more disappointed than us that we couldn’t perform tonight," he tweeted.

"Sending love and a speedy recovery to my brother Anthony."

in 2014, the band took some heat after miming a Super Bowl performance, but Flea issued a long explanation in response, basically saying they agreed it was lame, but the NFL made them do it.

There have been no further reports on the status of Kiedis’ condition.