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Five Finger Death Punch Combine With Brian May And Country Icons For Blue On Black Cover

Monday, 15 April 2019 Written by Jon Stickler

Five Finger Death Punch have teamed up with Brian May of Queen, Brantley Gilbert, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd for a special version of Blue On Black.

The Las Vegas band initially recorded Shepherd's 1998 hit for last year's LP, 'And Justice For None', while the new version comes with a video viewable below. 

The artists and their labels are donating all proceeds from the joint effort to the Gary Sinise Foundation, which benefits America's First Responders. Five Finger Death Punch guitarist, Zoltan Bathory said:

"To raise awareness for and support First Responders is a cause that’s always been close to our hearts. 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."

Gilbert continued:

"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. It's always a staple each night and one of my favorite 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."

Shepherd added:

"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 honored. 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."

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