Black Veil Brides

Black Veil Brides Share Cover Of Bruce Springsteen’s “American Skin (41 Shots)”


Black Veil Brides have released a cover of Bruce Springsteen‘s early 2000s track “American Skin (41 Shots)“. Springsteen originally penned the song in response to the 1999 police killing of Amadou Diallo.

Four officers fired a total of 41 shots at the unarmed Diallo, killing him in the process. They later claimed to have mistaken him as a rape suspect. All four officers were charged with second-degree murder and later acquitted in a trial. A class-action lawsuit filed against the officers and city over the incident was later settled for $3 million.

Speaking of their decision to cover the track, Black Veil Brides commented:

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 90’s.

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:

Donate to the movement for justice and support anti-racist organizations

Thank you for listening. #blacklivesmatter”

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