Monday, November 20, 2006

God's Gonna Cut You Down

Chili Peppers appear on the new video for the Man in Black's song off American V
Evanescence singer Amy Lee, Coldplay's Chris Martin, U2 vocalist Bono and Plus 44 drummer Travis Barker, along with Flea and Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, all appear in the new video for the Johnny Cash song "God's Gonna Cut You Down." The concept and video treatment for the clip came from Justin Timberlake, who also appears in the video. A total of 36 artists show up in the clip, including Iggy Pop, Kanye West, actor Terrence Howard, Chris Rock, Jay-Z, Kate Moss, Sheryl Crow, Tommy Lee, the Dixie Chicks, Keith Richards, Kid Rock, Johnny Depp and many others.

The video features each artist in a separate vignette as they reflect silently on hearing the song for the first time. The video was directed by Tony Kaye, who recently helmed the clip for the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Dani California."

The first choice to direct was Mark Romanek, who handled the video for Cash's celebrated cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt," but scheduling conflicts forced him to bow out.

The video was shot in Los Angeles, New York and London, with Richards' sequence filmed in Amsterdam.

The song comes from the latest Cash release, American V: A Hundred Highways, which the musical legend recorded shortly before his death in 2003 at the age of 71.