A journalist has found the secret location of the bridge from the Red Hot Chili Peppers song which Anthony Kiedis has kept secret for 20 years.
Posted on May 25, 2012 02:49 pm
The bridge from the Red Hot Chili Peppers song "Under The Bridge" has been discovered.
The location has been a secret for 20 years since the song was released in 1992, as frontman Anthony Kiedis has always refused to reveal the place he used to score drugs and maintain his crippling addiction.
Vulture magazine describes how it believes it has found the bridge in MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. The only clue offered by Kiedis was that it was "downtown... but I don't want people looking for it."
In the Kiedis biography "Scar Tissue", the singer recounts how he "owed too much money to the drug dealers around Hollywood, so we started walking from her house, which was not far from downtown L.A., to known drug neighborhoods, mainly Sixth and Union."
With the road name in mind, the journalist at Vulture asked a colleague who is a former junkie about where people could find drugs in the area during the 1980s. An LA Times article from 1989 with the headline "Drug Users Overrun MacArthur Park" described how the park became well-known for drug dealing until a police crackdown led to hundreds of arrests.
"It must be the bridge in the song," writes journalist Mark Haskell Smith. "It links Sixth and Union - the intersection Kiedis claims he was walking toward - with the drug dealers at Seventh and Hoover. And, unlike the other bridges [in the area], it provides a discreet location for private time with personal demons."
So that's another music myth wrapped up - or is it? Share your opinion in the comments.