On their fifth and most recent album, Tassili, North African Touareg band Tinariwen set aside their electric guitars for a more acoustic sound. During a show at Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre this past September, however, they plugged in to perform “Cler Achel,” from their 2007 LP Aman Iman, with Flea and Josh Klinghoffer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It wasn’t the first time that Tinariwen teamed up with an American band – in fact, they recorded some of Tassili with members of the New York-based TV on the Radio. The band kicks off a series of North American tour dates in June.
Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, bassist Flea reveals he was afraid that his band was kaput without Frusciante. “I couldn’t imagine going out with someone else. It seemed done … It’s like missing a family member.” Though even without their legendary guitarist, the band can still rock as well as ever.
The Chilli Peppers instead called upon director Marc Klasfeld (Katy Perry, Nelly) to helm the new video, which shows the band in its new form - Kiedis has a new haircut and creepy ‘stache while guitarist Josh Klinghoffer delivers constant tasteful riffs. Filmed at one of the band’s surprise rooftop performances in Venice Beach, CA, “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” is a fitting video for a band that’s been through it all and still remains on top.
I’m With You, the Chili Peppers’ first album without Frusciante in 15 years, will hit record store shelves on Aug. 30.