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24 July 2022

Red Hot Chili Peppers Announce Surprise New Album, ‘Return Of The Dream Canteen’

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Red Hot Chili Peppers have surprised fans by announcing details of a new studio album. Return Of The Dream Canteen will be released on 14 October via Warner Records.


Return Of The Dream Canteen arrives just a few months after the band’s comeback record Unlimited Love – their first with guitarist John Frusicante since 2006’s Stadium Arcadium. The new album was produced by Rick Rubin, who also worked on Unlimited Love.

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Speaking about the new album, the band said in a statement: “We went in search of ourselves as the band that we have somehow always been. Just for the fun of it we jammed and learned some old songs. Before long we started the mysterious process of building new songs. A beautiful bit of chemistry meddling that had befriended us hundreds of times along the way.

“Once we found that slip stream of sound and vision, we just kept mining. With time turned into an elastic waist band of oversized underwear, we had no reason to stop writing and rocking. It felt like a dream. When all was said and done, our moody love for each other and the magic of music had gifted us with more songs than we knew what to do with. Well we figured it out.

“Two double albums released back to back. The second of which is easily as meaningful as the first or should that be reversed. Return Of The Dream Canteen is everything we are and ever dreamed of being. It’s packed.”

Last night (23 July), Red Hot Chili Peppers kicked off the North American leg of their stadium tour with a show at Denver’s Empower Field at Mile High. Guests on the trek, which stretches into September, include Haim, Beck, Thundercat, the Strokes, King Princess, St Vincent, and Post Malone.

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