Tag: George Zimmerman
Red Hot Chili Peppers show support for the memory of Trayvon Martin at tour opener in Florida, are giving away 5-track live EP on their website
The Red Hot Chili Peppers made a powerful statement at the opening night of the band's North American tour last Thursday (Mar. 29th) in support of the case of Trayvon Martin, the African-American teenager who was murdered by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida in late February. The band came out onstage at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida wearing hoodies with "Ode To Trayvon, Stand What Ground" written on the back.
The hoodie has become symbolic of the crime because Martin was wearing one on the night he was shot down, which Zimmerman claimed made him look suspicious.
"Stand What Ground" refers to a law enacted in Florida and several other states, called "Stand Your Ground," that allows citizens to use deadly force if they feel they're being threatened. The law has led to an upsurge in killings in Florida since its enactment.
Zimmerman admitted to shooting Martin, claiming it was in self-defense, but has not been arrested more than a month since the murder, which has brought national attention and a possible Justice Department investigation into the Sanford police department. The Chili Peps play tonight at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.
As a special gift to their fans, Red Hot Chili Peppers are giving away a free five-track live EP on their website. By submitting your email address, you can get a free download of the EP, which features live versions of songs recorded during last year’s European tour.
The track list -- which was hand-picked by drummer Chad Smith -- includes unique live performances of “Give It Away” and “If You Have to Ask” from the band’s 1991 album Blood Sugar Sex Magik; “Dani California” from 2006’s Stadium Arcadium; and “Look Around” and “Monarchy of Roses" from their latest album, I’m With You. Get the free E.P. here: www.redhotchilipeppers.com
Bruce Springsteen News: Boss dedicates song to Trayvon Martin, NJ Governor Chris Christie want Bruce to play Atlantic City Casino, Awesome Philly footage-crowd surfing and chugging beer with the crowd! (video)
Bruce Springsteen addressed the killing of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager whose recent shooting death at the hands of local neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman is suspected by some of being racially motivated. Bruce said onstage, "This is for Trayvon," before he and the E Street Band kicked into 'American Skin (41 Shots)' at the concert at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday (Mar. 28).
'American Skin' was written about the 1999 killing of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed African immigrant who was shot repeatedly shot by four New York City police officers who believed he'd brandished a gun at them. Like Martin, Diallo was unarmed and had reached for a wallet.
On Tuesday (Mar. 27) Christie called on the Jersey rock icon to perform at the new Revel casino in Atlantic City on Labor Day weekend. Christie was touring the casino and said Christie said, "I think Bruce, if he's true to his lyrics, would love the fact that the state used taxpayer funds to invest in this place to create jobs for working men and women."
Beyonce will perform at the official grand opening of the casino over Memorial Day weekend.
Here's more great footage from the Philly show this past Wednesday. There aren't many artists that connect with their audience like Bruce does. Just fantastic!
This is from the March 28th show- Bruce Crowd Surfing and chugging beer! How awesome! Just the absolute best, not much more you can say! It's gotta make you feel so good! You gotta Love the mutual Love!