Last month the Red Hot Chili Peppers premiered “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie,” the lead single from the forthcoming I’m With You. Later this week, they’ll be premiering the single’s video exclusively on our site and MTV.com, but we’ve got a thirty-second sneak peek for you right now!
The Peppers look to be pulling a reverse-Beatles in the clip, which, by the way, was directed by Marc Klasfeld. Like the Beatles’ iconic performance in London, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are performing from a rooftop, and the footage is shot in faux-documentary style, as though the set is impromptu. “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” is hardly a public farewell from an adopted home, though; the Venice Beach setting is very much a part of the SoCal band’s identity, not simply the capitol city where the Beatles’ studio was located. Also, the video is the band’s reintroduction (sans John Frusciante) after a brief hiatus. The guitarist (Josh Klinghoffer) may be new, but the rest of the band is a familiar bunch: a shirtless Flea bobbing and mugging and a shirtless Anthony Kiedis sporting questionable facial hair, and Chad Smith keeping the beat while wearing a Mickey Mouse shirt.
While you puzzle over the questions raised by this clip (mainly: Is it going to rain in the video?) take a look at two exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the video shoot: