Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced their second studio album of 2022. Return of the Dream Canteen comes out October 14 on Warner Records and is produced by Rick Rubin, who also produced April 2022’s Unlimited Love. Frontman Anthony Kiedis broke the news on stage at Denver’s Empower Field on Saturday night. Check out the album’s cover art below.
In a press statement, the band explained:
We went in search of ourselves as the band that we have somehow always been. 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 waistband 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. 2 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.
Taking to Instagram, bassist Flea added: “The creative process gives life meaning and purpose! We put out a double album about four months ago, called Unlimited Love. I love that album, it felt so good to share it with y’all. Welp, now we are putting out another double album and this one is the absolute best of who we are, I’m am fukking thrilled that we are releasing this shit on October 14. Power to the people. Hope it touches hearts.”
Return of the Dream Canteen Cover Artwork: