BREAKING: Red Hot Chili Peppers have CANCELLED their Irish gigs

We hate to be the bearer of the bad news, but in a move which is set to devastate countless RHCP fans today, the band have cancelled their Irish dates.

According to emerging reports, the Chilis have been forced to postpone their 3Arena gigs – scheduled for tomorrow and Wednesday – due to illness.

Releasing a statement to alert their fans to the change, the band said: "We are so sorry that we cannot come to Dublin as planned for the next few days."

"Anthony has been fighting off the flu all week and after the show last night it was clear that he has to stop touring and recover, hence the decision to push back the shows to next year."

It has been confirmed that the gigs have been rescheduled, and the band will now take to the Dublin stage on September 20 and 21 next year.

Excuse us while we scream into our pillows.