Red Hot Chili Peppers March Their Way Through ‘Brendan’s Death Song’ Video
Red Hot Chili Peppers honor their late friend Brendan Mullen by taking part in a jazz funeral procession in the video for their new single ‘Brendan’s Death Song,’ which just premiered on RollingStone.com.
The Marc Klasfield-directed clip, shot in New Orleans, opens with the four members of the band leading a group of mourners through the streets while playing their instruments and singing their latest single, ‘Brendan’s Death Song.’
A typical jazz funeral begins with the family and friends of the deceased joining a band as they march from the home of the person who passed to the person’s final resting spot. The lead group is called the first line, with additional mourners and those joining in to listen and dance to the music dubbed the second line. The jazz funeral became a favorite way of honoring the dead in the early 20th century primarily in New Orleans.
The Chili Peppers took the tradition and added a spotlight to it in their latest clip, while mourning their longtime champion, Brendan Mullen. In the video, they parade through the streets while mourners follow the coffin until the end of the clip when the words ‘Death Song’ light up the night in flames.
Mullen was the founder of the late ’70s punk club the Masque, and was responsible for giving the Chili Peppers their first gig in 1983 opening for Bad Brains. Flea stated in an interview that having Mullen, who was well known in the Hollywood scene, give them their show was a huge sign of acceptance that gave them the confidence to continue their career. At the time of his death, Mullen was working with the band on their ‘An Oral/Visual History’ book.