Red Hot Chili Peppers pay tribute to Eddie Van Halen in ‘Eddie’

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have released their new single, ‘Eddie‘. The poignant and thoughtful track talks about the late guitarist Eddie Van Halen and nods to David Lee Roth, who left Van Halen in 1985.

It’s barely 1983/please don’t remind me”, sings Anthony Kiedis in the chorus. “For what I did with David/You know I’m talking about David Lee”.

“Sometimes we don’t realize how deeply influenced and connected we are to artists until the day they die,” the singer said in a statement. “Eddie Van Halen was special. The day after he passed away, Flea came to rehearsal with a soulful bass line. John [Frusciante]Chad [Smith] and I started playing and soon, from the depths of our hearts, a song in his honor naturally arose. It felt good to be sad and care so much about a person who gave us so much. Although the song doesn’t refer to Eddie by name, it talks about his early days on the Sunset Strip and the rock n’ roll map that Van Halen drew in our minds. At the end, our song asks them not to remember him for his death, but for living his most reckless dream”.

Eddie‘comes after the single’Tippa My Tongue‘, released last month. Both tracks will appear on RHCP’s upcoming double LP, Return of the Dream Canteen, which will be published on October 14. News of a new album from the band comes just months after the release of Unlimited Love –the group’s first album with guitarist John Frusciante since 2006–, marking the second album that the group releases in 2022.

“We went in search of ourselves as the band that we have somehow always been. Just for fun, we jammed and learned some old songs,” RHCP commented at the time of the announcement. “Within a short time we began the mysterious process of building new songs. Once we find that stream of sound and vision, we keep mining. With time turned into an elastic waistband of oversized underwear, we had no reason to stop writing and rocking. It felt like a dream.”

The Red Hot Chili Peppers recently wrapped up a US stadium tour. The band will headline the Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 9-16 in Austin. Their stadium tour continues in January 2023 in New Zealand and Australia.

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