In a series of tweetsthe band detailed how the track was created.
“Sometimes we don’t realize how deeply influenced and connected we are to artists until the day they die,” frontman Anthony Kiedis explained. “Eddie Van Halen was one of a kind. The day after he died, Flea came to practice with an emotional bass line. John [Frusciante], Chad [Smith] and I began to play along, and pretty soon from all our hearts a song in his honor unfolded without difficulty. It felt good to be sad and care so much for someone who had given so much to our lives.”
The tune, which you can hear below, is very reminiscent of Van Halen’s grandiose rock sound, except for a couple of soaring solos by Frusciante. Instead, the guitar god is clearly referenced in the track’s lyrical content.
“Although the song doesn’t speak to Eddie by name, it speaks to his early days on the Sunset Strip and the rock n roll wallpaper that Van Halen painted on our minds,” noted Kiedis. “Finally, our song asks that you remember Eddie not for dying, but for living his wildest dream.”
Listen to ‘Eddie’ by Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Red Hot Chili Peppers joined a chorus of fans and other musicians mourning the Van Halens death on Oct. 6, 2020. “Oh man, bless his beautiful creative heart,” Flea tweeted back then. “I love you Eddie Van Halen, an LA boy, a true rocker. I hope you appreciate Jimmy tonight. Break through to the other side my brother.”
“Eddie” is the second single from Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 13th album, The return of the dream canteen, which will be published on Oct. 14. The band first previewed the LP last month with lead single “Tip my tongue.”
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