The Red Hot Chili Peppers are paying tribute to a fellow icon of rock and roll, Eddie Van Halen in a new song ‘Eddie’.
They shared a minute-long clip of the new track on Twitter yesterday with the full song now available on streaming services, as well as another song ‘Tippa My Tongue’.
‘Eddie’ sounds far more RHCP than Van Halen, but the lyrics delivered by Anthony Kiedis are a clear tip of the hat to the late guitaring god.
“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?”
If ya didn’t know, Eddie was born in Amsterdam and his band Van Halen shot to fame by playing on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.
Last year a mural of the six-string maestro was put up on the Sunset Strip.
Pretty much everyone in the rock world, probably the whole musicing world, felt it when Eddie passed away back in 2020 - his influence on the genre was immense. RHCP’s bassist Flea tweeted out his respect for Eddie.
“Oh man, bless his beautiful creative heart,” he wrote. “I love you Eddie Van Halen, an LA boy, a true rocker. I hope you jam with Jimi tonight. Break through to the other side brother. ❤️❤️❤️”
Both ‘Eddie’ and ‘Tippa My Tongue’ come from the Chili Pepper’s upcoming album ‘Return of the Dream Canteen’, which will be released on October 14th.
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