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In Red Hot Chili Peppers’ new video, Atlanta takes center stage

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Downtown landmarks abound in clip largely filmed at Philips Arena last month

A new video by the Red Hot Chili Peppers featuring Atlanta.
Over the wheel downtown.
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What do beverage theft at Philips Arena, the Atlanta Hawks logo, and public urination in The Gulch have in common?

They all figure prominently into the new music video by California funk-rock pioneers Red Hot Chili Peppers, a live-footage montage that showcases several downtown Atlanta landmarks.

The storyline follows a relentlessly naughty, pill-popping young female fan—with a penchant for bicycle theft and evading police—who attends a concert. Downtown’s SkyView Ferris Wheel, the Bank of America Plaza tower, and the streets of Castleberry Hill also make cameos.

Promoting the song “Goodbye Angels” from the 2016 album The Getaway, the video clearly contains footage taken at the band’s recent Philips Arena show (see: vast wall of private suites). Atlanta Hawks brass recently filed plans to begin a $200-million overhaul of the 17-year-old arena that will basically carve away those private boxes.

The scofflaw protagonist.
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The band’s drummer—Will Ferrell doppelgänger Chad Smith—foretold the video’s setting prior to last month’s Atlanta concert. "Wear something colorful tonite Atlanta!" Smith wrote on his Twitter. "Shooting Goodbye Angels video."

Some screen-captures from the four-minute video:

A nighttime Gulch stroll.
A familiar logo.
Lights dangling from Philips Arena rafters.
The luxury suites soon to be removed.

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