The Reason Anthony Kiedis Was Anti-Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley has been defined as one of the most influential cultural icons of the 20th century. Presley was named ‘King of Rock and Roll’ by putting the building stones of rock and roll into the music scene. His accomplishment started with his first single, released in 1956, ‘Heartbreak Hotel,’ which became a hit. Presley has sold more than 500 million copies, and Guinness World Records chose him as one of the best-selling solo music artists.

Presley shaped the direction of rock and roll with his unique singing and performing style thanks to his impressive dance moves, behavior on stage, and fashion style. The singer significantly impacted the young generations by inspiring them to feel free in what they created. Although he was a tremendous influence on most young musicians, some did not adopt Presley’s style. Red Hot Chili Peppers vocalist Anthony Kiedis was one of them who was not a fan of Elvis Presley while he was a kid.

Why Was Anthony Kiedis Unimpressed With Elvis Presley?

When Anthony Kiedis first started to create his music with Hillel Slovak and Flea, the punk genre was an inspiration for him. Kiedis wanted punk to be a better place in the music scene by representing it in the best way. Adapting the punk made him judgmental towards some other musicians while he was younger, as he mentioned in a past interview with Rolling Stone Magazine.

Red Hot Chili Pepper’s vocalist revealed that he was an anti-Elvis when he was younger because he did not understand the music Elvis created. As he mentioned, he had selfish attitudes at that time and wanted to be against all others. Kiedis recalled a memory of him using bad words about Presley when visiting Graceland at a young age. However, the rocker realized that Elvis Presley was a great musician when he looked at him without judging. In time, Presley inspired Kiedis with his contributions to the rock and roll scene, as he stated.

Anthony Kiedis explained in his words:

“As a kid, I was anti-Elvis. I just didn’t get it. Once I stopped being so judgmental, I found the great wonder of Elvis and all that he did. I was a little self-centered gutter punk in the early 1980s, and all I wanted to do was diss everybody. I remember going to Graceland as a kid and talking sh*t while I was there. Now, if I went there, I’d think about all the great things he did and what a great musician he was.”

Elvis Presley was such an excellent musician that even people who did not like the work he created at first admired him later. Anthony Kiedis was one of them as he talked about it in the past. When the rocker put all his prejudiced opinions aside, he recognized that Presley was a great inspiration for all musicians in the rock and roll scene. Many artists from different genres have still embraced Presley’s contributions to the music scene in their singing, clothing, and dancing.