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Video: Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Brendan’s Death Song”

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Red Hot Chili Peppers honor friend with Treme-style funeral procession

Red Hot Chili Peppers have released a new video for “Brendan’s Death Song,” a poignant eulogy capped off with a triumphant rock release from the band’s most recent album, I’m With You. The song honors the late Brendan Mullen, the club owner who gave the band a huge break in 1983 by tapping them as the opening act for Bad Brains at Club Lingerie.

The poetic clip is Red Hot Chili Peppers via Treme with the whole band fronting a jazz funeral march through the streets of New Orleans, before the shirts come off, the Chilis circle up and let gloriously loose as fire engulfs the words “Death Song.” Under Mark Klasfeld’s skilled direction (he also directed the clips for “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” and “Monarchy of Roses”), the Chili Peppers have succeeded in offering up a work that feels both like a heartfelt tribute and an instant classic. They don’t make ‘em like this anymore.

Watch “Brendan’s Death Song,” courtesy of Rolling Stone.

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