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The new Red Hot Chili Peppers single is a tribute to Eddie Van Halen

'Our song asks that you not remember Eddie for dying but for living his wildest dream,' Anthony Kiedis says

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have shared the newest single from their forthcoming album, Return of the Dream Canteen, and in an unexpected move, the track, titled "Eddie," pays tribute to Eddie Van Halen.

And while it would be hard to draw a straight line between the Chili Peppers' punk-funk approach and Van Halen's full-on hard-rock attack, they clearly have plenty of love and admiration for the guitarist and his band, who are Southern California kindred spirits. 

Explained Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis, "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 [RHCP 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."

You can check out "Eddie" above.

Return of the Dream Canteen, meanwhile, is out October 14, and is available for pre-order in our shop.