The Red Hot Chili Peppers will release an EP of classic cover songs, titled We Salute You, on May 1st. The digital-only set, which the band is issuing to commemorate its induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last Saturday (April 14th), will feature the Chili Peppers' take on songs from previous Hall of Fame inductees such as the Ramones, Iggy And The Stooges, Neil Young, the Beach Boysand more.
Five of the six songs have never been available digitally before, and originally surfaced as hard-to-find B-sides or out-of-print singles. The sixth track, the band's version of Young's "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere," was recorded live on the Chili Peppers' current tour. It will also be available via their website.
Cover songs have always been a staple of the Chili Peppers' live show, but drummer Chad Smith told us that once in a while they don't always go over very well: "We used to play this song called 'Brandy.' Fantastic song, was a big hit in the early '70s in America. Huge, loved it, right? We went to play some big shows and festivals in Europe, in the summer of 2004 I believe, and unbeknownst to us, 'Brandy' was not a big hit in the '70s across the pond. And we loved it, but the people were just like...they just did not get it."
The Chili Peppers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by comedian Chris Rock last weekend.
The band resumes its North American tour in support of its latest album, I'm With You, on April 27th in Toronto.