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Anthony Kiedis Talks Red Hot Chili Peppers Single ‘Rain Dance Maggie”

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You wouldn’t know it by listening to the by 4 minutes and 42 seconds of psychedelic-pop goodness that is the new Red Hot Chili Peppers single “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie,” but that song actually evolved from an hour-long jam the band had been messing around with in their rehearsal studio.

“None of us expected ‘The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie’ to be the first single, but apparently it was meant to be,” singer Anthony Kiedis tells Los Angeles radio station KROQ in an exclusive interview. “I’m very happy to hear that people are connecting with it.”

“We had a strange process of kind of creating a chorus for that song in the studio because originally it was an hour-long dance groove — which we loved,” Kiedis continues. “And then someone suggested, ‘Let’s pop a chorus in there.’ So, we had a little face-of of three or four [chorus] options and had them challenge each other and one sort of rose to the surface and I sang over it.”

The song is the first release from the band’s forthcoming album ‘I’m With You,’ due out Aug. 30. The video for the track can be seen here.

Hear a couple of other tracks off ‘I’m With You’ and check out more of KROQ’s exclusive interview footage and with the Peppers, including chats with new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer and bassist Flea, by clicking here and here.

Anthony Kiedis and Chad Smith Talk ‘Rain Dance Maggie’ and More With KROQ

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