In support of the Black Lives Matter movement, Black Veil Brides have released a cover of ‘American Skin (41 Shots)’ by Bruce Springsteen.
The song was originally written by Springsteen after a tragic police shooting in New York in 1999, which saw Amadou Diallo killed after being inflicted by 41 bullets shot by four plain-clothed officers.
The band released a statement explaining their choice to cover the song and its meaning, which can be read below.
“‘American Skin (41 Shots)’ is a song originally written and performed by Bruce Springsteen inspired by the police shooting and death of a young black man named Amadou Diallo in New York City in the late 90s. Tragically the subject matter of this song is as relevant today as it’s ever been and so we wanted to share with you our own rendition of this song and urge you to donate to support the movement for justice and anti racist organizations.
While obviously a song alone will not be an inflection point for societal change, we as artists wanted to share something in support of this incredibly important time in history and direct you to organizations who are at the forefront of effecting real change and fighting against the systemic oppression and racism that the black community and poc face every single day. We are not interested in making any money from this song and instead we ask that if you enjoy it please consider donating to one of the many organizations that can be found here:
Thank you for listening. #blacklivesmatter”
You can stream and listen to the band’s cover of ‘American Skin (41 Shots)’ at www.bvbamericanskin.com.
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