Red Hot Chili Peppers recently dropped some hints about the release of a new song called “Eddie,” which is inspired by legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen.
Red Hot Chili Peppers teases the fans
In a 57-second clip uploaded to the band’s Twitter account, fans got their first taste of the track. Rather than the explosive tone of Van Halen, Red Hot Chili Peppers appear to stick to their own signature sound.
The clip opens with a guitar part similar to the band’s 2002 hit “By the Way,” before John Frusciante ventures into an emotional melody. Around the 30 second mark, frontman Anthony Kiedis delivers vocals that clearly reference the departed guitar god.
The lyrics state: “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?”
In a separate portion of the song, uploaded to YouTube by the fan account Chili Rare, Kiedis can be heard repeating the line: “Please don’t remember me for what I did last night / Please don’t remember me loud and clear.”
Listen to the clip of “Eddie” below. The full song arrives Sept. 23 and will be featured on the band’s upcoming album Return of the Dream Canteen.
— Red Hot Chili Peppers (@ChiliPeppers) September 21, 2022
The Red Hot Chili Peppers also recently celebrated the VMA Global Icon Award with their performances of ‘Black Summer’ and ‘Can’t Stop.’ Chad Smith gave an emotional speech to honor the late Foo Fighters icon, Taylor Hawkins. Taylor Hawkins’ tragic death deeply saddened the music world and the hearts of millions of fans, and many artists paid an emotional tribute to the iconic drummer.
Recently, a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Van Halen Stage at a new park in Eddie Van Halen’s former hometown of Pasadena, California took place. It is the city where Van Halen formed 50 years ago and it was held on Saturday, September 17.