Kiedis spent his youth in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his mother before moving, shortly before his twelfth birthday, to Hollywood to live with his father. While attending Fairfax High School, Kiedis developed close friendships with fellow students Flea and Mike Chester, who at the time were members of a band called Anthym. After high school, Kiedis began takingclasses at UCLA, but dropped out during the beginning of his sophomore year. He later received an offer to be the opening act for a local band, and enlisted Flea, Slovak, and drummer Jack Irons to assist. After a show under the name "Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem", the band progressed and the line-up eventually became the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
He has recorded ten studioalbums with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Kiedis' lyrical style has evolved throughout his career; early recordings discussed topics such as sex and life in Los Angeles, while more recent songs focus on more reflective themes including love, addiction, and loss. Additionally, his vocal style has shifted from rapping to a more melodic technique. He has struggled with drug addiction for the majority ofhis life and has abstained from substance use since 2000.
 Early life
Anthony Kiedis was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan to John Michael Kiedis, also known professionally as Blackie Dammett, an actor, and Margaret "Peggy" Noble. His father's Lithuanian family emigrated from Lithuania in the early 1900s, while his mother is of English, Irish, French, Dutch, and Mohicanancestry. In 1966, when he was three years old, his parents divorced. Along with his two half-sisters, Julie and Jenny, he was raised by his mother and stepfather in Grand Rapids. Each summer, he would visit his father in Hollywood for two weeks, a time at which the two would bond. He idolized his father, and recalled "Those trips to California were the happiest, most carefree,the-world-is-a-beautiful-oyster times I'd ever experienced." In 1974, when Kiedis was twelve years old, he moved to Hollywood to live with his father full time. His father was a struggling actor who sold drugs, which had a significant impact on Kiedis, as the two would often use marijuana and cocaine together. Kiedis accidentally tried heroin for the first time at age fourteen, mistaking the substance forcocaine methamphetamine and a small dose of acid.
Through his father Blackie, who was also struggling acting, Kiedis, who worked under the stage name, Mike Chester, landed his first acting role appearing as Sylvester Stallone's son in the 1978 film, F.I.S.T.. That same year he would land two more acting jobs one being on a ABC Afterschool Special and the other an appearance on a short livedshow, Jokes My Folks Never Told Me. It would be thirteen years before Kiedis landed another acting role.
Kiedis attended Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, where he struggled to find friends as he had recently transferred to a new school district. However, he soon met Flea, and after a brief confrontation, the two became best friends and bonded while sitting next to each other in driver's edclass. Kiedis recalled: "We were drawn to each other by the forces of mischief and love and we became virtually inseparable. We were both social outcasts. We found each other and it turned out to be the longest-lasting friendship of my life." Kiedis became a significant influence on Flea, exposing him to rock music, particularly punk rock. Kiedis and Flea began jumping into swimming...