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The Red Hot Chili Peppers have released a new music video for "Brendan's Death Song," the third and latest single from the band's 2011 album I'm With You. The track was written for the group's late friend Brendan Mullen, who played a key role in the Chili Peppers' early days on the Los Angeles music scene. Drummer Chad Smith told us more about Mullen and the song: "Brendan Mullen was a real important guy in the scene in L.A., like the punk scene, and he booked the Chili Peppers, I think their second or third ever show. And he had passed away. Anthony (Kiedis, vocals) came in and said that Brendan died today. And we're playing this jam and he starts singing what is essentially the chorus of the song."
Mullen founded the legendary Hollywood punk club The Masque in the 1970s.
According to band history, Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea showed up at the club one day in 1983 and gave Mullen a demo of their new band. Impressed, he offered them an opening slot for the Bad Brains.
Flea told Rolling Stone, "It was a huge step for us to get that gig. But in a much more important way, I felt profoundly validated to be accepted and acknowledged by Brendan Mullen, who was a crucial part - a hub - of a scene that for me had mythological status."
Mullen remained friends with the band until his death, collaborating with them on a book about the group's career that was published in 2010.
The Chili Peppers are in the midst of an extensive world tour which brings them to Europe for most of the summer, although they'll return to headline Lollapalooza in Chicago on August 4th.
Check out the new video on our New Alternative Nightly section.