Five Finger Death Punch, Brian May, Brantley Gilbert, Kenny Wayne Shepherd Team on New “Blue on Black” Cover

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Five Finger Death Punch have joined forces with Queen’s Brian May as well as country star Brantley Gilbert and blues-rock musician Kenny Wayne Shepherd for a special version of the song “Blue on Black,” originally recorded and co-written by Shepherd, and covered by FFDP on last year’s And Justice for None. The new version is available now worldwide, and premiered today with an official music video taking viewers behind the scenes into the creation of the all-star rendition. All proceeds from this collaboration version of “Blue on Black” will be donated to the Gary Sinise Foundation, which honors America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need.

“To raise awareness for and support first responders is a cause that’s always been close to our hearts,” FFDP guitarist Zoltan Bathory commented. “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.”

Kenny Wayne Shepherd said, “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.”

Gary Sinise, the award-winning actor behind the Gary Sinise Foundation, also commented on the project. Watch his message below.