Photos and Videos have emerged of the Red Hot Chili Peppers shooting their new music video for I’m With You’s fourth single, Brendan’s Death Song. The shoot took place in New Orleans on May 21st 2012 and was directed by Marc Klasfeld, who also directed the music videos for The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie and Monarchy of Roses.
During the shoot, Chad Smith tweeted the photo below, saying…
“Josh and @flea333 workin on a new song at our Video shoot in New Orleans”
Prior to the shoot a request was put out on the official RHCP website for fans to send in their photos and contact info if they’d like to take part in the music video. Back on March 6th, Chad Smith revealed to Billboard that Brendan’s Death Song would be the next single from I’m With You.
About the Brendan’s Death Song Music Video
The main concept for the video was to shoot it in a Jazz Funeral style, which was fitting for the meaning the band intended for Brendan’s Death Song. Musically it also suited the structural progression of the song itself.
The Jazz Funeral concept involved musicians playing in a marching band formation throughout the funeral procession. The first part of the video takes place during the day, where the funeral band plays as the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform while being driven along on a black Ford Pickup Truck Hearse. The final act of the video takes place at night and sees the band performing at McDonoghville Cemetery in Louisiana, where they perform against a backdrop of burning letters that reads “Death Song”.
Video Clips have also surfaced of the Music Video being recorded…
On the Set of Brendan’s Death Song Music Video – Part 1
On the Set of Brendan’s Death Song Music Video – Part 2
On the Set of Brendan’s Death Song Music Video – Part 3
Chad Smith Jams with Cast Members in between takes!
A dedication to Brendan Mullen
Brendan’s Death Song is dedicated to Brendan Mullen who was a longtime friend of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and one of the first music promoters to take notice of the band. Back in 1983, Anthony Kiedis and Flea visited Club Lingerie in Los Angeles where they played their demo tape for Mullen while dancing around like maniacs in typical peppers style. What Mullen heard and saw of the duo impressed him and so he offered the Red Hot Chili Peppers an opening slot at an upcoming Bad Brains show. Since their first encounter Anthony Kiedis and Flea became longtime friends with Brendan Mullen. RHCP credits Mullen with being one of their first major supporters.
Anatomy of Brendan’s Death Song
In the September 2011 Issue of Q Magazine, Anthony Kiedis broke down the making of Brendan’s Death Song, speaking of how it came about upon first hearing of the death of Brendan Mullen.
View Scan of Q Magazine’s Anatomy of Brendan’s Death Song
View Full Q Magazine feature from September 2011
An Oral/Visual History
Brendan Mullen also co-authored An Oral/Visual History with Anthony Kiedis’ father Blackie Dammett and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Speaking on Facebook shortly after Brendan’s death, Blackie Dammett said, “If you read the big red and black RHCP book that came out late last year you’ll see he was credited with it. Brendan and I actually put it together from my collection of photos and newspapers and magazines. He flew up here from LA and we spent weeks compiling the info.” An Oral /Visual History is described as the Red Hot Chili Peppers never-before-told history – Loaded with rare and unpublished photographs and memorabilia from their own archives, the band finally reveal all, allowing unprecedented access into their wild inner world.
Brendan’s Death Song Release Date
A release date for the Brendan’s Death Song Music Video is still to be announced, but approximately a month from the time of filming would be a good estimate. Both The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie and Monarchy of Roses were also directed by Marc Klasfeld and were released roughly a month after filming.
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