RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS have released a new song inspired by late VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen.
“Eddie” comes off RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS‘ upcoming second album of 2022, “Return Of The Dream Canteen“, which will arrive on October 14, just six months after the release of the band’s last album “Unlimited Love“.
In “Eddie“, RHCP frontman Anthony Kiedis delivers lines that are a clear reference to the late VAN HALEN guitarist, singing: “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?”
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 [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.”
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.”
After Eddie Van Halen‘s death 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.”
“Return Of The Dream Canteen” was produced by Rick Rubin.