‘It Destroyed Me’ – Anthony Kiedis Reveals The Death That Made Him Miserable
As many of you may know, ‘the curse of 27’ is a tragic coincidence haunting the rock world and often a sad consequence of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. Hillel Slovak is also among those who died from an overdose at a very young age, when he was only 26. Recently, Anthony Kiedis sat down for a conversation with iHearth and recalled the unfortunate death of his close friend and bandmate with whom they founded RHCP.
“My best friend died, which did not instigate sobriety, but it definitely destroyed me emotionally,” he shared. “But I continued to use after he died. And then I got to the point where I could not turn off the noise with drugs and alcohol… I was putting all this poison in me, and I was still here.”
Revealing that he also used drugs, even after his friend’s death, the frontman said that this habit had nothing to do with rock ‘n’ roll for him. “It had nothing to do with rock ‘n’ roll,” he noted. “It was exciting and dangerous, like, ‘Hmm, everyone is afraid of that; I think I’ll do that thing that just the word scares people. But it was also a way of checking out… I felt whole by putting these things in me until I had to pay the toll.”
The two were both at Fairfax High School when they met. At the age of 15, Kiedis was struggling to find friends because he had just moved to a new high school. Trying to adjust to a new life, he first crossed paths with his future bandmate Flea, then Hillel Slovak.
The vocalist, who listened to Slovak with his band Anthym, invited him to his home after the performance. He understood how different he was from his very first conversations with Slovak. Thus began a strong friendship intertwined with satisfying conversations about music. However, unfortunately, they did not have much time together.