Red Hot Chili Peppers announce surprise new album Return Of The Dream Canteen

Red Hot Chili Peppers larking around
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Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced a surprise new album. Return Of The Dream Canteen will arrive on October 14, just six months after the release of 12th album Unlimited Love.

"We went in search of ourselves as the band that we have somehow always been," say the band in a statement. "Just for the fun of it we jammed and learned some old songs. Before long we started the mysterious process of building new songs. A beautiful bit of chemistry meddling that had befriended us hundreds of times along the way. 

"Once we found that slip stream of sound and vision, we just kept mining. With time turned into an elastic waist band of oversized underwear, we had no reason to stop writing and rocking. It felt like a dream. When all was said and done, our moody love for each other and the magic of music had gifted us with more songs than we knew what to do with. 

"Well, we figured it out. Two double albums released back to back. The second of which is easily as meaningful as the first or should that be reversed. Return Of The Dream Canteen is everything we are and ever dreamed of being. It’s packed. Made with the blood of our hearts, yours truly, the Red Hot Chili Peppers."

Like Unlimited Love, Return Of The Dream Canteen was produced by Rick Rubin, and is the second album released since in-out in-out guitar genius John Frusciante returned to the band in late 2019. 

The North American leg of the Red Hot Chili Peppers current world tour has just kicked off in Denver, Colorado. Full dates below.

Red Hot Chili Peppers tour dates

Jul 23: Denver Empower Field at Mile High, CO
Jul 27: San Diego Petco Park, CA
Jul 29: Santa Clara Levi's Stadium, CA
Jul 31: Los Angeles SoFi Stadium, CA
Aug 03: Seattle T-Mobile Park, WA
Aug 06: Las Vegas Allegiant Stadium, NV
Aug 10: Atlanta Truist Park, GA
Aug 12: Nashville Nissan Stadium, TN
Aug 14: Detroit Comerica Park, MI
Aug 17: E. Rutherford Metlife Stadium, NJ
Aug 19: Chicago Soldier Field, IL
Aug 21: Toronto Rogers Centre, ON
Aug 30: Miami Hard Rock Stadium, FL
Sep 01: Charlotte Bank of America Stadium, NC
Sep 03: Philadelphia Citizens Bank Park, PA
Sep 08: Washington Nationals Park, DC
Sep 10: Boston Fenway Park, MA
Sep 15: Orlando Camping World Stadium, FL     
Sep 18: Arlington Globe Life Field, TX
Sep 25: Louisville Louder Than Life Festival, KY

Jan 21: Auckland Mt. Smart Stadium, New Zealand
Jan 26: Dunedin Forsyth Barr Stadium, New Zealand
Jan 29: Brisbane Suncorp Stadium, Australia
Feb 02: Sydney Accor Stadium, Australia
Feb 07: Melbourne Marvel Stadium, Australia
Feb 12: Perth Optus Stadium, Australia

Tickets are on sale now

The band will also headline at this year's Austin City Limits festival in Texas, which takes place across two weekends in October, with the Chili Peppers playing October 9 and 16.  

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Return of the Dream Canteen

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