Five Finger Death Punch Join Forces With Brian May For Blue On Black

Check out this new cover Blue On Black, featuring Five Finger Death Punch, Queen's Brian May, and country and blues stars Brantey Gilbert and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

Five Finger Death Punch Join Forces With Brian May For Blue On Black

To raise awareness for First Responders, Five Finger Death Punch have teamed up with Queen legend Brian May, as well as two of country and blues music's biggest names, Brantey Gilbert and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

The musicians have joined forces for a cover of the song Blue On Black, originally by the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, and released today (April 12) via Eleven Seven Music.

“To raise awareness for and support first responders is a cause that’s always been close to our hearts," explains Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory. "These brave men and women leave their homes every morning not knowing if they’ll ever see their families again. Yet they make a conscious choice to do so for the greater good. What better way to make a difference than to join forces with some of our friends in country, blues and classic rock who happen to be some of the biggest names in those genres and together celebrate these heroes."

“Blue on Black is a song my band and I have covered off and on for years… songs are certified timeless when you can come back to them,” adds Brantley Gilbert. “It’s always a staple each night and one of my favourite songs to perform. When the opportunity came up to sing on Five Finger’s version, with both Kenny Wayne and Brian May of Queen, I jumped at the chance… Who wouldn’t?! It incorporates so many different musical perspectives, but our collaboration just works brilliantly.”

And Kenny Wayne Shepherd continues: "When Five Finger Death Punch approached me about teaming up with them to do a special version of Blue On Black, I was thrilled to do it. When they told me Brantley Gilbert and Brian May were also going to be part of it, I was honoured. This is a powerful collaboration of rock, country and blues artists and a true testament to the commonalities these musical styles share and I think the fans will appreciate and enjoy it as much as we do.”

Check out the video below, and download/stream it here. Proceeds from Blue On Black will be be donated to The Gary Sinise Foundation to benefit First Responders.

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