Red Hot Chili Peppers have a new single – their tribute to late Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen. “Eddie” is taken from their upcoming second double album of 2022, Return Of The Dream Canteen, which will arrive on October 14th. The band released Unlimited Love earlier in 2022, and have been on a massive world tour ever since.
Vocalist Anthony Kiedis commented:
“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 [Red Hot Chili Peppers 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 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.”
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.”