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Anthony Kiedis’ Father Cries Over Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

December 7, 2011

Blackie Dammett, father to Red Hot Chili Peppers' singer Anthony Kiedis, can understand his son's achievement in the performance arts.

In a fantastic interview with Rolling Stone, Red Hot Chili Peppers vocalist and front man Anthony Kiedis shared some interesting details about his discovery that his thirty-year-old band would be inducted into the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class.

Kiedis’ father, John Kiedis (who now goes by the name Blackie Dammett), has been a working actor in Hollywood since the mid-1970s. Naturally, it came as no surprise that man with such an understanding of achievements in performance arts was so emotional when his son called him to reveal his acceptance into the most revered fraternity in all of rock and roll music.

“Dad, you and I are blood. I’m going to tell you something, but you can’t tell anybody,” Anthony said over the phone. The Chili Peppers had learned of their acceptance long before any public announcement was scheduled, prompting Anthony to ensure his father, who he describes as a ‘known Wikileaker,’ to share the news.

“I guess it’s just something that you want to share with the people that you’re closest to, like family and longtime friends. My dad cried,” Anthony said.

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