Five Finger Death Punch and Queen’s Brian May Team for ‘Blue on Black’

2019-04-13

Story by Anne Erickson

Queen guitarist Brian May and Five Finger Death Punch appear on a new cover of the Kenny Wayne Shepherd track “Blue on Black”

Five Finger Death Punch’s cover of Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s “Blue on Black” just got a major makeover. The Las Vegas hard rock band has added a bevy of legendary names to their cover of the 1997 blues rock hit, which makes for a lively recording.

The new track features iconic guitarist Brian May of Queen and guest vocals from country singer Brantley Gilbert and Shepherd himself. The just-released cover of “Blue on Black” is available for download now at digital outlets.

Five Finger Death Punch has also unveiled an official music video for the track, which can be viewed below, and the clip features May, Gilbert and Shepherd. The video shows footage of police officers, firefighters and first responders, and all the of proceeds raised from the new cover song will be donated to the Gary Sinise Foundation to help military veterans, first responders and their families.

“To raise awareness for and support First Responders is a cause that’s always been close to our hearts,” longtime Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory said in a statement. “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.”

Five Finger Death Punch first covered “Blue on Black” without the star-studded collaborators for a track on their newest studio album, 2018’s “And Justice for None.”

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