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Wednesday
Jul172013

Bruce Springsteen Pays Tribute to Trayvon Martin During Concert in Ireland

Photo: Jo LopezBruce Springsteen is among the latest music artists who have responded publically to the recent acquittal of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood-watch coordinator who shot and killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin during a confrontation last year in Sanford, Florida. 

According to a report on BruceSpringsteen.net, during the Boss' concert with the E Street Band on Tuesday in Limerick, Ireland, he dedicated his song "American Skin (41 Shots)" to Martin after noticing a fan in the crowd holding up a sign requesting the tune.

After grabbing the sign from the audience, Springsteen reportedly said, "We'll send this as a letter back home for justice for Trayvon Martin," before launching into the song.  It's apparently not the first time Bruce played "American Skin" in connection with Martin's killing: He performed the tune at a show in Tampa, Florida, on March 23, 2012, less than a month after the shooting.

"American Skin" was inspired by a 1999 incident in which New York City police officers shot and killed Amadou Diallo, a young African immigrant who was reaching for a wallet when the officers opened fire on him.

Meanwhile, another interesting highlight of the Limerick concert was that Springsteen and his band opened and closed show with renditions of the gospel standard and civil-rights anthem "This Little Light of Mine."  The Boss apparently has rarely played the same song to begin and end a performance.

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