Anthony is the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He and bassist Michael "Flea" Balzary founded the California-based funk rock group in 1983. Kiedis is well known for his charismatic and energetic stage presence and soulful lyrics
Kiedis was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan to John Kiedis (a.k.a. Blackie Dammet) and Margaret "Peggy" Idema, and has two half-sisters, Julie and Jenny, and one half-brother, James. Anthony's parents divorced in 1968, when he was 5. He lived with his mother in Grand Rapids until he was 11, then moved to California with his father. He also spent ample time in Pennsylvania. On his 12th birthday, he lost his virginity to his father's 19 year old girlfriend. Around this time, while a student at Fairfax High School, Anthony met Michael Balzary and the late Hillel Slovak, and would eventually go on to form bands with them (initially known Tony Flow & The Miraculously Majestic Masters Of Mayhem, finally settling on the Red Hot Chili Peppers). Kiedis has had many struggles with drug addiction, including heroin and cocaine. His father introduced him to drugs at the age of 12.