Funky monks rejoice - your high priest has been anointed. Once a punk-junkie anonymously wandering the streets of Los Angeles, Anthony Kiedis is now at least as famous as "mythic" SoCal street poet Jim Morrison. While some extravagant details of his outlandish life are widely known, rock history, being the lurid mythos that it is, will always welcome dark stories and lurid facts about Anthony Kiedis. Many of these stories come straight from the Kiedis autobiography Scar Tissue, and many are way more over-the-top than you can imagine.
From his unorthodox, drug-infused Hollywood upbringing to his long battle with heroin and cocaine addiction to his famous onstage theatrics, Kiedis is rock 'n' roll (or funk 'n' roll, if you will) history personified. While the Red Hot Chili Peppers as a collective lay claim to one of the great, sordid canons in the annals of rock history, Kiedis merits individual examination for his truly depraved and outlandish antics.
Slap your bass. Get your friends on your aeroplane. There are souls to squeeze, kisses to suck, and higher grounds to be achieved. Strap yourself in to your sex magik rocket ship with a full supply of mother's milk, because it's time to travel all around the world and into a parallel universe, naked in the rain with the righteous and the wicked. Dig?
Not long after Kiedis moved to Los Angeles in 1974, his dad took him on a business trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin. As Blackie Dammett spent three days selling blow, he sent his son to see the same James Bond movie every day.
When Dammett and Kiedis returned to Los Angeles, they had $30,000 in cash. As Kiedis recounted in Scar Tissue, "My dad told me I'd be carrying the money, because if they caught someone who looked like him with all that money, he'd be busted for sure... so we rigged a belt piece, stuffed it with cash, and taped it to my abdomen."
Kiedis allegedly lost his virginity at 12 to his dad's 18-year-old girlfriend. As Larry Slowman, ghostwriter of Scar Tissue, recounted:
One night, when Anthony was 12, he went with his father to the Rainbow Room and Blackie's girlfriend is there dancing for him.
And Anthony asks, "Dad, can I have my first sexual experience with your girlfriend?" And Blackie says, "Sure, son."
So they go back to the house, and his dad builds a big bed out of four mattresses in his room and puts the girl in next to him.
And that's how he [loses his virginity].
"Sometimes I combined my passion for drugs and girls," Kiedis wrote in Scar Tissue. After a show in South Carolina, the singer scored a half-gram of coke from a bartender, finished it quickly, and was on the hunt for more blow when a woman approached him.
[S]he had our album, and told me I was her favorite poet of all time, and she gave me this letter that, among other things, suggested my d*ck was a dolphin and her p*ssy was the ocean and I had to go for a swim in that ocean...
"Can you get me some coke?" I started.
The two soon found themselves in a backwoods trailer park, where they scored more drugs.
Kiedis's dad was friends with Sonny and Cher, whose son Chaz is a few years younger than Anthony. When he first moved to Los Angeles, Kiedis spent a fair amount of time with the family, going to parties and even once accompanying them on a skiing trip.
When Kiedis was in eighth grade, Cher, who was separated from Sonny by then, offered to babysit, according to his autobiography. He and Cher enjoyed a pleasant evening, then Kiedis went to bed, and Cher got ready to do the same.
Believing Kiedis to be asleep, Cher took off all her clothes. Kiedis watched from nearby.