Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis 'On the Mend' After Hospitalization

Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
Anthony Kiedis attends the UFC Fight Night event at the Prudential Center on April 18, 2015 in Newark, N.J.

Complications from the flu recently forced Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis to cancel two of the band's shows, but he’s “feeling good” now.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Postpone Another Concert as Anthony Kiedis Recovers From Flu

"I think I had to get sick to take a look at myself and get to the causes and conditions of my overall health,” he said in a new interview with ET Canada.

"So it turned out to be a good thing, albeit painful and very sad to have to cancel shows -- we don't really do that. I'd rather play deathly ill than not at all, but in this particular instance I was starting to go down to the ground. I got rushed to the hospital, got some help and now I get to figure things out,” he explained.

"I had inflammation in my guts,” which, combined with a recent virus and existing scar tissue from hernia operations, caused complications where nothing he was eating could get past his stomach, he said. "That becomes an incredibly painful situation where you get a fever and pass out. I had to be pumped clean in the hospital … Lo and behold, I'm on the mend, but it’s a process.”

Kiedis – whose hospitalization was widely reported in headlines around the Internet -- sees humor in the situation, too.

“I think it was a slow news day,” he joked. “When I opened my phone and saw I was on the news, I was like, ‘Everything in the world must be okay in the world today if that’s what’s making the news.’”

He also relayed a story of a teacher who inspired him to live by the motto “the show must go on”: "That’s been my philosophy for life -- until you just fall over and can’t stand up to play.”