Red Hot Chili Peppers have released the second preview of their forthcoming 13th album, ‘Return Of The Dream Canteen’ – an emotive rocker dedicated to the late, great Eddie Van Halen, simply titled ‘Eddie’.In a press release, frontman Anthony Kiedis explained the story behind the tribute: “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 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 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.”Have a listen to ‘Eddie’ below:‘Eddie’ follows on from the August release of ‘Tippa My Tongue’, which came as our first taste of the Rick Rubin-produced ‘Return Of The Dream Canteen’.Read more on nme.com