Anthony Kiedis to Show His Scars on HBO

By: Betsy Waldman / November 12, 2008

Unlike some singers, Anthony Kiedis is perfectly happy letting the world know about his bizarre childhood.

Variety reports that the tattooed Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman is working with HBO to adapt his early life story into a series for the cable outlet.

The series will chronicle the singer’s relationship with his father, John “Spider” Kiedis, who moved with Anthony from  Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Los Angeles in the 1970s. An aspiring actor, the elder Kiedis slung dope to rock stars (the Who and  Led Zeppelin reportedly among them) while waiting for his never-to-happen big break.

The lifestyle was quite an eye-opener for a preteen Kiedis. “He introduced me to the arts, to a more culturally magnificent life,” the singer notes. “But some of it was this heavy, adult matter that I wasn’t quite capable of digesting. … It was a very rich but kind of challenging period of my life. I was thrust into this adult mentality by age 11.”

The proposed series, characterized as a drama with comedic elements, is being developed with Catapult 360’s Marc Abrams and Michael Benson, whose credits include Entourage and The Bernie Mac Show.

Kiedis is considering the possibility of narrating the program and possibly making cameo appearances. No word on who’s being considered to play the younger Kiedis, but the possibilities are endless.

The show will tentatively be called Scar Tissue, the same title as Kiedis’ 2004 autobiography, but won’t be based on the book, which covers the singer’s Chili Peppers era.