Red Hot Chili Peppers Pay Tribute to Late Friend in 'Brendan's Death Song' Music Video
A little bit more than a year after debuting "Brendan's Death Song", Red Hot Chili Peppers have dropped a music video for the single. Staying true to the song's theme, the band once again pay homage to their longtime friend Brendan Mullen, who helped give birth to not only RHCP, but also the likes of The Go-Go's, X, The Weirdos and The Germs.
In the visuals shot in New Orleans under the direction of Marc Klasfeld, frontman Anthony Kiedis and his band mates are seen blending with a group of people, who attend a jazz funeral, and playing the song on the street. Despite the gloomy set, the four-piece group still deliver an energetic performance with a fiery backdrop toward the end of the clip.
"Brendan's Death Song" is the fifth single off RHCP's tenth studio album "I'm with You" which was released in August 2011. They wrote the song for Mullen, who died in 2009. The band credited him for giving them their start by offering them an opening slot on a Bad Brains show, back in 1983.
"It was a huge step for us to get that gig," said bassist Michael "Flea" Balzary of what Mullen's favor meant to them. "But in a much more important way, I felt profoundly validated to be accepted and acknowledged by Brendan Mullen, who was a crucial part - a hub - of a scene that for me had mythological status."
Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Brendan's Death Song" Music Video
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