Anthony Kiedis (pronounced /ˈkiːdɪs/ KEE-diss, Lithuanian: [ˈkʲɛdɪs]; born November 1, 1962) is an American vocalist/lyricist and occasional actor best known as the lead vocalist of the Grammy-winning American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. Kiedis spent his youth in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his mother before moving, shortly before his twelfth birthday, to Hollywood, California to live with his father. After high school, Kiedis began taking classes at UCLA, but dropped out after losing interest due to substance abuse. After dropping out, Kiedis received an offer to be the opening act for a local band, and enlisted friends Flea, Hillel Slovak and Jack Irons to assist. The line-up eventually became the Red Hot Chili Peppers. read full bio here.