Red Hot Chili Peppers Pay Tribute To Eddie Van Halen With New Song 'Eddie'

Red Hot Chili Peppers Pay Tribute to Eddie Van Halen with New Song ‘Eddie’

Red Hot Chili Peppers pay tribute to the late Eddie Van Halen through their new song, “Eddie.” “Sometimes we don’t realize how deeply affected and connected we are to artists until the day they die,” RHCP singer Anthony Kiedis wrote on Instagram, introducing the band’s tribute to the iconic guitarist. “Eddie Van Halen was a one of a kind,” he continued.

 

“The day after his death Flea came into rehearsal with an emotional bassline. John, Chad and I started playing along and 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 noted that the song doesn’t speak “Eddie by name” but instead weaves in signposts from throughout EVH’s life, including Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip and “the rock n roll tapestry that Van Halen painted on our minds.”

Kiedis concluded his post, writing, “In the end, our song asks that you not remember Eddie for dying but for living his wildest dream.”

 

The song is part of the band’s upcoming album, Return of the Dream Canteen, which is set to arrive on October 14.

 

Credits: RTTNews Staff Writer

Roger Waters has announced many more 2023 concerts of his “This is Not a Drill” tour.

Roger Waters has announced many more 2023 concerts of his “This is Not a Drill” tour. The Pink Floyd singer-songwriter-bass guitarist is currently performing the shows in the round for the first time, across the U.S., Canada and Mexico, in a tour delayed two full years due to the ongoing pandemic. See the complete itinerary below. It was reported that Waters had cancelled concerts in Krakow, Poland. Not so, he wrote on Sept. 24. He says local authorities there urged people not to buy tickets. He explains the circumstances here

 

In the tour’s original announcement, Waters said: “This is Not a Drill is a groundbreaking new rock and roll/cinematic extravaganza, performed in the round, it is a stunning indictment of the corporate dystopia in which we all struggle to survive, and a call to action to LOVE, PROTECT and SHARE our precious and precarious planet home. The show includes a dozen great songs from PINK FLOYD’S GOLDEN ERA alongside several new ones, words and music, same writer, same heart, same soul, same man. Could be his last hurrah. Wow! My first farewell tour! Don’t miss it. Love R.”

 

Though Waters’ original dates weren’t scheduled to commence until July 8, 2020, he recognized the scope of the pandemic early, and announced its postponement on March 27 of that year. In his 2020 postponement announcement, the legend noted, “Bummer, but if it saves one life it’s worth it.” The tour finally opened on July 6, 2022. – Watch a performance from opening night:

 

Though Waters’ original dates weren’t scheduled to commence until July 8, 2020, he recognized the scope of the pandemic early, and announced its postponement on March 27 of that year.

 

In his 2020 postponement announcement, the legend noted, “Bummer, but if it saves one life it’s worth it.” The tour finally opened on July 6, 2022.

 

Watch a performance from opening night:

 

The original tour announcement referred to the musician as “the creative genius of Pink Floyd.” He turned 79 on Sept. 6, 2022.

 

Pink Floyd fans who are still holding out hope for a reunion of the band’s three remaining members received bad news in March 2021. The knock-out punch was delivered by David Gilmour. In an interview with Guitar Player, the guitarist was asked if the classic rock legends would reunite.

 

“No. I’m done with it,” he said. “I’ve had a life in Pink Floyd for quite a lot of years, and quite a few of those years at the beginning, with Roger. And those years in what is now considered to be our heyday were 95 percent musically fulfilling and joyous and full of fun and laughter.”

 

The new tour is playing many venues not seen on his recent Us + Them tour.

 

Watch Waters perform during that previous tour in 2018

 

 

 

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SEE OZZY OSBOURNE AND TONY IOMMI TALK BLACK SABBATH IN NEW DOCUMENTARY

“The Sabbath Connection” is part two of Ozzy’s ‘Patient Number 9’ mini-doc.

 

For Ozzy diehards, Revolver has two limited-edition Fall Issue collector’s bundles featuring hand-numbered prints, an alternative cover and a special slipcase. Get yours before they’re gone!

Last week, Ozzy Osbourne began rolling out a new three-part mini documentary about the making of his newly released 13th solo album, Patient Number 9. The first part introduced many of the A-list characters who play on the record and set the scene for its creation, but the second part (out today, September 23rd) is titled “The Sabbath Connection” and focuses on the presence Ozzy’s old band has on the record.

People who played on the album Metallica’s Robert Trujillo, Zakk Wylde, Duff McKagan, producer Andrew Watt shared their own experiences falling in love with Black Sabbath’s music, but the best parts are the interview segments with Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, who played on two tracks on Patient Number 9.

He talks a bit about the early days of the band, touches on their career, and then zooms up to the present day and opens about his rekindled relationship with Ozzy. Iommi says that they’re in contact “virtually every week” now and are on great terms without the obligation of Black Sabbath looming over them.

He also reacted to being told that the song he played on, “Degradation Rules,” is about masturbation. “Well, I’m glad I played on that then,” he says with a wink.

Watch the full episode, which also features interviews with Ozzy, above via YouTube. And see last week’s installment below.

 

Credits: ELI RNIS – Revolver Magazine

Stevie Nicks on What Inspired Her to Record Stephen Stills’
For What It’s Worth’

Stevie Nicks on What Inspired Her to Record Stephen Stills’ ‘For What It’s Worth’

Stevie Nicks has shared some thoughts on her new cover version of the Stephen Stills iconic song, “For What It’s Worth,” originally recorded by Buffalo Springfield in 1967. Nicks’ recording arrived moments after midnight on Sept. 23, 2022. In an interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe that was shared on Sept. 26, Nicks says that when she first heard the Springfield version, she said to herself, “I’m going to record that song someday.”

 

Nicks first shared news of the recording in a handwritten note on her social media platforms. “I am so excited to release my new song this Friday. It’s called ‘For What It’s Worth’ and it was written by Stephen Stills in 1966. It meant something to me then, and it means something to me now. I always wanted to interpret it thru the eyes of a woman, and it seems like today, in the times that we live in that it has a lot to say… I can’t wait for you to hear it.”

 

There are several noteworthy things associated with all of it.

It’s not the first time Nicks has recorded a song with that title. In 2011, she released a track with that name that she wrote with the Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell. The song was included on her In Your Dreams album. The single was a minor hit on the Adult Contemporary chart.

 

 

Secondly, not to be overlooked is the truly phenomenal penmanship that Nicks displayed in her post. Nicks’ note is done in cursive handwriting like the kind taught to every grade school kid raised in the Fifties and Sixties.

 

In her interview with Apple Music, Nicks was asked why she decided to record and release the song now. She recorded it a week after the deadly Uvalde mass shooting on May 24. “I thought, okay, I’m going to record it,” she told Zane Lowe. “I called my favorite producer, Greg Kurstin, and he recorded it [and] played everything except the lead guitar solo.

 

And, I went in and sang it, and with this whole Covid thing, it’s not all so easy to just do that, but we did it, and we wanted to put it through a record company, because it was early in the summer. And so, that of course then takes a while, and then I had to go back on the road.

“Everybody has their own meaning for that song, but I just think that somewhere in Stephen Stills’ amazing songwriting, visionary, whatever you want to say, for what it’s worth, he managed, in that song, to cover everything.

 

To cover everything that everybody’s complaining about, and fighting against, in the entire world. He managed, in that song, to touch on everything so subtly… you could have said, ‘Okay, is that song about gun violence? Is that song about women’s rights? Is it about immigration?’ You wouldn’t have had any idea exactly what it was about, but you could take it all in to be about anything that you personally wanted it to be about.

 

But, I know, if I’m going to sing some famous rockstar guy’s song, I better sing it well, or I’m going to get totally panned. So, I put everything I have into doing an interpretation of a song written by a man and sung by a man…especially such a famous man and songwriter as Stephen Stills. So, I really did try to stay as within Stephen’s realm as I could.

 

And that’s really, basically what I tell the audience is, ‘This is a song I long wanted to record. This seemed to be the right time. And I hope that you, whatever you’re…’ I don’t know if I ever said whatever your views on anything are, I hope that you can rise above that and take it for what it is.

 

 

“It was not ever a protest song,” she says. “Stephen wrote it about the kids on the Sunset Strip getting together to go to the Roxy, and Troubadour, and everything. And then, the police said, ‘Well, you can’t be keeping everybody in the [Hollywood] Hills awake. So, you must be gone by 10 o’clock.’ And, of course, I don’t go to bed till eight in the morning. So, just imagine. It’s like, you must be off the streets at 10 o’clock, and they’re like, ‘Are you serious? That’s not going to happen.’ So, it turned into riots. I mean, they were like, ‘You’re not going to tell us when we must go to bed. So, we’re not going to leave’.”

 

On the recording, she’s joined by two longtime members of her touring band. The first is backing vocalist Sharon Celani, who began recording and performing with Nicks in 1978. The other is guitarist Waddy Wachtel, who also serves as her musical director. His connection to Nicks goes back to 1973, when he played on Buckingham Nicks. Since then, Wachtel has appeared on all of Nicks’ solo studio albums. Kurstin plays multiple instruments, including drums, organ, and guitar.

 

Speaking of when he wrote it, Stills says, “I get home, pick up an acoustic guitar, and all of a sudden it turns into a song.” The word “heat” in the lyric “What a field day for the heat” refers to the authorities who arrested many of the protestors. The song was the highest-charting single in Buffalo Springfield’s brief career, reaching #7 on the Hot 100.

 

Hours after Nicks posted the song, Stills wrote, “An unmistakeable voice and timeless lyrics come together for a beautiful version of #ForWhatItsWorth. Heartfelt thanks to Stevie Nicks and her team.”

 

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