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23 September 2022

Red Hot Chili Peppers Share New Van Halen-Inspired Song, ‘Eddie’

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Red Hot Chili Peppers have released a new song inspired by legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen. The new track, Eddie, is taken from the band’s upcoming second album of 2022, Return Of The Dream Canteen, which will arrive on October 14. The LP will be issued just six months after the release of Unlimited Love.

In Eddie, RHCP frontman Anthony Kiedis delivers lines that are a clear reference to the late Van Halen axeman. He sings: “Sailing the Sunset Strip, I’m a bit of a king / Granny would take a trip, I’ll be bending the strings / Got hammers in both my hands, such a delicate touch / They say I’m from Amsterdam, does that make me Dutch?”

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Kiedis comments on the inspiration for the song: “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 [Bassist] Flea came into rehearsal with an emotional bass line. John [Frusciante, guitar], Chad [Smith, drums] 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.”

He continued: “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.”

When Eddie died in October 2020, Flea tweeted: “Oh man, bless his beautiful creative heart. I love you Eddie Van Halen, an LA boy, a true rocker. I hope you jam with Jimi tonight. Break through to the other side my brother.”

Like Unlimited Love, Return Of The Dream Canteen was produced by Rick Rubin, who also helmed past Red Hot Chili Peppers albums such as 1991’s Blood Sugar Sex Magik and 1999’s Californication.

Return Of The Dream Canteen marks the second Red Hot Chili Peppers album since the return of guitarist John Frusciante, who rejoined the band in late 2019.

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