Red Hot Chili Peppers have unleashed a new video for “Brendan's Death Song,” the next single from their latest album, I’m With You. The video, which is streaming on RollingStone.com, features the band in a funeral procession leading mourners to a graveyard where they perform the track for the crowd.
In an interview last year with the U.K.’s Q magazine, frontman Anthony Kiedis explained that "Brendan's Death Song" is about Brendan Mullen, a British writer who helped give the band their first break opening for Bad Brains in 1983. Mullen suffered a massive stroke and died on the first day that the band was to rehearse with their new guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer.
“When I got to rehearsal I delivered the news to my band that we just lost this beautiful person,” said Kiedis, “and then we started playing without really talking. The second thing that came out of that jam was the basis for ‘Brendan’s Death Song.’” Keidis also revealed that Mullen was working on a coffee table book about the band, called The Red Hot Chili Peppers: An Oral/Visual History, when he died.
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