It’s always Christmas somewhere on the Internet. Yesterday saw the leak of Lady Gaga‘s “Yoü And I” video, and today we’re excited to share “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie,” the new Red Hot Chili Peppers video that was slated to premiere tomorrow. The quartet rocks a rooftop in Venice Beach in an homage to the Beatles‘ Let It Be performance.
Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed that when we shared a 30-second sneak preview on Monday, we credited the video to director Marc Klasfeld, not VMA-nominated artist Kreayshawn, who’d originally been tapped to direct, and who even reblogged a picture of the slate from on set. What happened? So far, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ camp isn’t talking, although bassist Flea did tweet, “for those asking, the Kreayshawn vid just didnt work out, that happens sometimes, i think Kreayshawn is awesome and a great artist.” Maybe she and the band just had irreconcilable ideas about what the video should be. In any case, barring some sort of leak, it’s doubtful that the Kreayshawn-shot footage will see the light of day.
That’s alright with us—Klasfeld did a fine job with this clip—a simple performance piece enlivened by its setting. The one absent Let It Be element is disapproving police or security, which was a good exclusion. 5-0 would have made this oceanside sunset performance significantly less chill.
The highlight of the video (other than, for punk fans, the Off! cap Anthony Kiedis sports at first) is guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. The Red Hot Chili Peppers haven’t changed much in their performance style or look (though they’re much more likely to wear more clothing than their occasional “one sock apiece” performances) but Klinghoffer is the new guy (brought in when his pal John Frusciante announced he wouldn’t be rejoining the band after their hiatus). At 31, he’s also a generation younger than the other guys, and his excited performing style is the diametric opposite of Frusciante’s laid-back lead guitar. To put it another way, Klinghoffer plays guitar like a bassist. Note in particular his solo, which he performs as though the guitar is leading him around and he can’t help but do its bidding. There’s nothing wrong with the Chili Peppers we know and love, but the fresh dynamic Klinghoffer brings to the table is a welcome addition.