Saturday, March 10, 2012

March of the Hot Vegan Army - Day #10 - Anthony Kiedis

Anthony Kiedis

Know him from: California-based band Red Hot Chili Peppers, formed in 1983, and still performing today. Their 10th studio album was released in August of last year, and the band is set to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April of this year. Anthony Kiedis' characteristic voice and lyrics have helped to create such memorable hits as Aeroplane, Dani California, Californication, Give It Away, The Zephyr Song, and Under the Bridge.

Why he's vegan: Kiedis has been a vegetarian since the 1980s, but he went vegan in 2008, just after his son was born. Among his reasons for going vegan were the global crisis of overfishing, and the fact that a doctor actually recommended a healthy vegan diet for his son. Shortly after going vegan, Kiedis reportedly saw behind the scenes videos of factory farming, which "sealed the deal" for him.

Why he's awesome: I don't know if it's the luxurious rock star hair, the badass tattoos, the voice, the often sensitive and revealing lyrics, the whole California vibe, or the love for animals, but Anthony Kiedis has just got that certain something. It could be that he also pretty much went without a shirt - and sometimes even pants - for much of the 1980s and 90s. He and Taylor Lautner must be secretly related... He's also managed to survive the limelight all these years, while doing what he "was put on this earth to do," creating and performing music with his friends; music that is notably enjoyed throughout the world. He's also a proud father to son Everly Bear, born in late 2007. In 2008, Kiedis was voted Sexiest Vegetarian Alive, along with Leona Lewis, in PETA's yearly poll.

Anthony Kiedis' success now seems like rather a given, because many of us have known about him in some form or other for probably decades. But the fact is that Kiedis has overcome a lot to get to this point in his life - or even just to make it to the ripe old age of 49. If you were to look at his childhood, it would seem that he was more likely set up for failure than rock stardom. He reportedly started using cocaine and marijuana with his father when he was just a child of about 11, and he started using heroine when he was 14. Kiedis continued to struggle with drugs on and off until the year 2000, when it seems that his hard-partying lifestyle finally began to calm down. The music, luckily for us all, did not stop at that point. Albums By the Way, Stadium Arcadium, and I'm With You have all been released since 2001.

Kiedis published a telling memoir called Scar Tissue in 2005, and he is currently working with the cable station FX to create a television series about his unusual childhood and life story.

The Hot Vegan Army is more than willing to welcome members that have gone through the wringer and come out on top. And honestly, especially considering all of the hard times he's been through (including a broken back when he was 15), Anthony Kiedis is one fantastic-looking nearly 50-year-old man. He is of Lithuanian, Dutch, English, French, Irish, and Mohican ethnicity, and is somewhat famous for his trim surfer's physique. His experiences have made him a singular and interesting human being, and one hopes that this calmed-down phase of his life will become a constant state for this talented individual.

Truthfully, the Hot Vegan Army is more about showing the individuality of people who share particular choices and motivations than it is about blending in anyway. One does not have to fall into a specific category to be vegan, and the vegan and vegetarian ranks are expanding all the time. If you have a suggestion for an individual who you think should be included in the "army," please drop me a line by commenting on any of the posts in this series. Thanks for reading all.

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