Red Hot Chili Peppers release Eddie Van Halen tribute song

Song is latest from forthcoming record

Offering up a collective salute and eloquent tribute to one of the greatest guitarists of all-time, Red Hot Chili Peppers share a heartfelt new song entitled “Eddie” in honor of Eddie Van Halen. The track unfolds as an emotionally charged anthem anchored by powerful bass, a soulful beat, cathartic guitar, and a delicate vocal melody with a reminder to celebrate the icon’s undying spirit.

“Sometimes we don’t realize how deeply affected and connected we are to artists until the day they die,” frontman Anthony Kiedis shares. “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 honor 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.”

“Eddie”sets the stage for the release of the band’s second album of 2022 and 13th full-length offering, Return of the Dream Canteen, on October 14th via Warner Records.

Last month, the band unveiled the first single “Tippa My Tongue” and right out of the gate.

The group most recently took home the prestigious Global Icon Award and delivered a showstopping performance at the MTV VMAs. The band just wrapped up their massive sold out global stadium tour and will headline Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 9th and 16th in Austin, TX. The stadium tour continues in January 2023 across New Zealand and Australia.

Return of the Dream Canteen will land just six months after the Platinum-selling chart topper Unlimited Love. The latter emerged as the group’s second No. 1 bow on the Billboard Top 200 and stands out as the biggest rock album of the year. Once again, they joined forces with longtime producer and creative confidant Rick Rubin for this sprawling LP.

Buddy Iahn
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