By Pooja Kashyap
  • 26 Sep
  • 2 min read
Red Hot Chili Peppers pay tribute to Eddie Van Halen in latest track
Photo Credit: Warner Records via PR Newswire

Offering a collective salute and eloquent tribute to one of the greatest of all time, Red Hot Chili Peppers share a heartfelt new song entitled “Eddie.” 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.

Regarding “Eddie,” Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis said, “Sometimes we don’t realize how deeply affected and connected we are to artists until they die. Eddie Van Halen was 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 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 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 releasing the band’s second album of 2022 and thirteenth full-length offering, Return of the Dream Canteen, on October 14th via Warner Records.

Tippa My Tongue

Last month, the band unveiled the first single, “Tippa My Tongue.” Right out of the gate, Rolling Stone applauded it as “a sexually suggestive romp that evokes all the quintessential quirks of the California funk-rock outfit’s extensive catalog.” CLASH described it best as “a Red Hot Chili Peppers masterclass.” Billboard attested, “The sinewy funk-rock track recalls Chili Peppers of yore, with frontman Anthony Kiedis playing with lyrical double entendre.”

The Red Hot Chili Peppers received the prestigious Global Icon Award and delivered a showstopping performance at the MTV VMAs. The band wrapped up their massive sold-out global stadium tour and will headline Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 9 and 16 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 #1 bow on the Billboard Top 200 and stands out as the most influential rock album of the year. Once again, they joined forces with longtime producer and creative confidant Rick Rubin for this sprawling LP. 

It’s shaping to be the band’s most prolific, poetic, and influential season yet. 

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