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Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman on being a dad: ‘Good God, it’s beautiful. Who knew?’

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September 2, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In a moment perhaps rare in the world of rock and roll, two members of the funk rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers gushed about their experience being dads, which they dubbed being part of “the club.”

“I love the club,” said Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis, 48, on Fuse, as picked up by People magazine.

“Good God, it’s a beautiful club. Who knew? You can’t know until you go. It’s wild,” he said.

Of the four-man band from Los Angeles, three are dads: Kleidis has a nearly 4-year-old son, bassist Michael ‘Flea’ Balzary has two daughters, and drummer Chad Smith took the calling of fatherhood to heart with five children, all under 14.

Balzary, who fathered a daughter 22 years ago who is now a photographer, says he doesn’t regret the relatively young age at which he became a dad.

“I love being a father and wanted to be a father long before I had any business being a father,” Balzary said. “One could argue easily that I had no business being a father when I became a father at 25 … but I just love it.

“That kind of love — I have never experienced it before. That kind of unconditional, doing anything for a person love.”

Kiedis confessed to some trepidation about dadhood based on Balzary’s experience, a fear he says he’s overcome.

“[Being a dad] helps everything,” said the frontman. “I think people that have fear that, ‘Oh if I have a kid I won’t be able to do this and I won’t be able to do that.’ It’s kind of the opposite. It really gives you energy. It makes people better.”

The Chili Peppers, who made their mark with the albums “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” in 1991 and “Californication” in 1999, released their tenth studio album, “I’m With You,” on August 29.

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