Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis shed light on the band’s new tribute to the late-Eddie Van Halen. The track, named “Eddie,” will be featured on the band’s upcoming double album, Return Of The Dream Canteen, which drops on October 14th.

Kiedis explained how the song came about, posting on Twitter, “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.”

He went on to write, “John (Frusciante), Chad (Smith) 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.”

Kiedis closed by saying, “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.”

Red Hot Chili Peppers will next perform on October 9th and 16th in Austin, Texas at Austin City Limits Music Festival.


  • In May 2022, Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ 12th studio album, Unlimited Love, debuted at Number One, marking the band’s first chart-topper since 2006’s Stadium Arcadium.

CHECK IT OUT: Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 2022 track, “Eddie”: