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Thursday 27 April 2017

Red Hot Chili Peppers postpone Dublin gigs due to Anthony's flu

Anthony Kiedis has come down with the flu
Anthony Kiedis has come down with the flu

Fans of the Red Hot Chili Peppers will have to wait until September 2017 to see them performing in Dublin after they postponed their two upcoming shows due to illness.

Lead singer Anthony Kiedis (54) has been struck down with a particularly bad case of flu and has taken time off to recover.

The band (inset) said that after their gig in the O2 in London on Sunday night, it was clear that he wasn't 100pc.

The Californication stars were due to take to the stage at Dublin's 3Arena tonight and tomorrow night as they brought their long-awaited The Getaway World Tour here.

Scores of Irish fans were left bitterly disappointed after the chart-topping band released a statement yesterday afternoon saying that they wouldn't be able to come here after all.

"We are so sorry that we cannot come to Dublin as planned for the next few days," it read.

"Anthony has been fighting off the flu all week and after the show last night, it was clear that he has to stop touring and recover, hence the decision to push back the shows to next year."

Rescheduled

Both shows have been rescheduled to September 20 and 21, 2017 with all tickets issued valid for the new dates.

The band started their European tour in September and will start the North American leg in January before embarking on the second part of their European tour next summer.

Among those affected by the cancellation was Ailish Cantwell of marketing firm Sync and Swim, who was left devastated at the news.

She was due to attend tonight's concert with her husband.

"I've been up the walls lately, I've been sick, the kids have been sick. We haven't had one night out and it was my birthday at the weekend so I was living for the concert and I'm devastated, to say the least," she said.

"It was meant to be a night of escape from work and all the madness and a night of trying to be 20-something again. So I'm totally gutted, to say the least," she said.

While she's based in Dublin and didn't have to fork out for a hotel, she said that her heart went out to those who would have paid for travel and accommodation to attend the event.

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