Rocker Bruce Springsteen dedicated his song 41 Shots (American Skin) to the shot teenager Trayvon Martin who was killed in 2012.
Bruce Springsteen is not the first musician to voice their view on the recent controversial Trayvon Martin shooting case, whereby a teenager was shot by a man named George Zimmerman who has been acquitted by the jury due to Florida's 'stand your ground' law which condones murder as a form of self-defence. Stevie Wonder also chose to interrupt his own concert to announce that he'd be boycotting the state of Florida, and anywhere else that has the same law, until the 'stand your ground' was abolished.
Bruce Springsteen Showed His Support For Trayvon Martin Who Was Shot Dead.
During Springsteen's Limerick concert in Ireland last night (16th July), he introduced one of his songs, '41 Shots (American Skin)' by referring to the killed teenager and the hope for justice in the ongoing court case, as reported by NME. "I want to send this one out as a letter for back home. For justice for Trayvon Martin," he said as he and his band descended into the opening strains of the song which was first written following the death of Guinea immigrant Amadou Diallo, who was shot dead by four police officers in New York City in 1999.
The Boss Dedicated A Song To Trayvon Martin's Memory.
Zimmerman's acquitted has sparked a tidal wave of criticism from all across the world with some very high profile names, such as Wonder, Springsteen, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Rihanna and Lester Chambers adding their voice to the calls of injustice in a case which could take many more months to decide whether Zimmerman should be charged. When Lester Chambers, the soul singer, in particular chose to dedicate a song during a recent live performance he faced opposition from a fan who leapt on stage and assaulted the 73 year-old performer who had to be taken to hospital with rib muscle damage after being shoved.
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Aside from rapper Jay-Z announcing "Rest In Peace Trayvon Martin," fellow Wireless Festival performers A Tribe Called Quest, dedicated their entire set to Martin, saying "I don't want to be a downer but yesterday, in America, we saw a miscarriage of justice."
Trayvon Martin's father is said to be "brokenhearted" following Zimmerman's acquittal.