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Red Hot Chili Peppers unveil Venice Beach video for 'Rain Dance'

August 18, 2011 |  2:22 pm

Red Hot Chili Peppers on a Venice rooftop

It never rains in Southern California, if the popular American songbook is to be believed, so it's no surprise that the Red Hot Chili Peppers were met with only a postcard-perfect twilight scene for their relatively impromptu Venice Beach video shoot.

The band took over a boardwalk-adjacent Ocean Front Walk rooftop for its "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie" clip, the first single from the band's forthcoming "I'm With You," due Aug. 30, and it apparently "went off like an evening at the opera," according to an on-the-scene report from Venice311.

All looks calm and easygoing in the Marc Klasfeld-directed clip, which matches the slow-groove feel of the song. It's reflective of an older, more relaxed Chili Peppers, but still a shirtless one. The video, embedded below, hit the Web on Wednesday, and the single has sold a total of 105,000 downloads, according to Nieslsen SoundScan. 

This isn't, however, the only video for "Rain Dance Maggie," as the band originally tapped YouTube star Kreayshaw (of "Gucci Gucci" fame) to direct the clip. As she told MTV News of meeting Chili Peppers frontman Antony Kiedis, "I talked to Anthony a couple times and he was like, 'I want to do a couple changes to the video,' but all the changes he had were, like, stuff we were already doing with the video, like slow-motion and stuff. So I was like, 'We're dialed in.' "

There's no slow-motion stuff in the Venice Beach clip, but Kiedis, as expected, certainly has some creative interpretations for a modern rain dance.


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