Red Hot Chili Peppers Honour Eddie Van Halen on New Single ‘Eddie’

Red Hot Chili Peppers Honour Eddie Van Halen on New Single ‘Eddie’

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L: Red Hot Chili Peppers (Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images) R: Eddie Van Halen (Marc S Canter/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Red Hot Chili Peppers have unveiled a brand new single Eddie, which pays tribute to the late, great guitar hero Eddie Van Halen. It’s the second single released from their upcoming 13th studio album, Return of the Dream Canteen which is due out next month. Read more, here. 

Return of the Dream Canteen will be the funk legends’ second studio album of 2022, following Unlimited Love a double LP that arrived in April this year. Both albums feature returning guitarist John Frusciante and were produced by Rick Rubin.

In a statement about their latest single, Eddie, frontman Anthony Kiedis said: “Sometimes we don’t realize how deeply affected and connected we are to artists until the day they die. Eddie Van Halen was a one-of-a-kind. The day after his death Flea came into rehearsal with an emotional bassline. John, Chad and I started playing along and pretty soon with all our hearts, a song in his honour effortlessly unfolded. It felt good to be sad and care so much about a person who had given so much to our lives. Although the song doesn’t speak to Eddie by name, it talks about his early days on the Sunset Strip and the rock n roll tapestry that Van Halen painted on our minds. In the end, our song asks that you not remember Eddie for dying but for living his wildest dream.”

Listen below.

Red Hot Chili Peppers | ‘Eddie’

RHCP teased news of the surprise album Return of the Dream Canteen at their first U.S. stadium tour stop following the pandemic, back in July this year. Flea told the crowd: “The creative process gives life meaning and purpose! We put out a double album about four months ago, called ‘Unlimited Love’. I love that album, it felt so good to share it with y’all. Now we are putting out another double album and this one is the absolute best of who we are, I’m thrilled that we are releasing this shit on October 14. Power to the people. Hope it touches hearts.”

The band first previewed the LP last month with lead single, Tippa My Tongue. 

Red Hot Chili Peppers | ‘Tippa My Tongue’ 

Return Of The Dream Canteen arrives October 14 on various formats, including limited-edition coloured vinyl. Pre-order, here. 


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