Chili Peppers fans everywhere are rejoicing and suggesting that this could be a watershed moment in music television history.
Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis is developing a series for HBO based on his unconventional, rock ‘n’ roll childhood.
The autobiographical material Kiedis has to work with is compelling stuff.
The show will also center on West Hollywood and Los Angeles in the early 1970s, including the rock stars encountered by Kiedis and his father (who, according to lore, was a drug dealer for the Who and Led Zeppelin, among others).
Kiedis plans to be heavily involved in the project and is regularly corresponding with his father, who now lives in Portland, to record memories of their life 30 years ago on Palm Avenue in West Hollywood.
Kiedis himself battled addiction for many years and the anecdotes of his roller coaster rock star life will provide ample fodder for television greatness.
Can HBO pull it off? The Guardian believes they can.
Kiedis spent years in the grip of addiction (though he doesn’t sound like he regrets much of it) before emerging as a rehab bore (and didn’t sobriety ruin his band?). And there are serious conversations to be had about responsible parenting and the glamorisation of substance abuse. But we won’t be having those debates here. If the series is packed with half the rock’n’roll war stories, stranger-than-fiction anecdotes and crazed characters as the book, then it promises to be the next great US TV show, hinging on a surprisingly touching story of a father and son. The get out clause being that you know, eventually, there is a happy ending.
If that sounds shocking for US TV, then only a channel with as much intelligence and class as HBO could pull it off.