Jackson Browne delivered a poignant cover version of Bruce Springsteen’s “American Skin (41 Shots)” at an anti-gun-violence benefit concert
Jackson Browne delivered a poignant cover version of Bruce Springsteen's 2000 track "American Skin (41 Shots)" during the New York City installment of The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence on Sunday.
Backed by the soulful voices of Vy Higginsen's Gospel Choir of Harlem, Browne belted heartbreaking lyrics that are as pertinent in 2016 as they were nearly two decades ago when Springsteen wrote them. "No secret, my friend," sang Browne. "You can get killed just for living in your American skin." A fan-shot clip from the Beacon Theater concert shows Browne strumming his acoustic guitar. The choir sways back and forth, clapping and adding harmonic color to the refrain of "41 shots."
Springsteen wrote "American Skin (41 Shots)" as a tribute to Amadou Diallo, an unarmed man who was killed in 1999 by four New York City police officers who said they thought Diallo pulled a gun on them. In 2013, the rock legend dedicated a live version of the song to slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
Eddie Vedder and Roseanne Cash also headlined the New York City concert, which capped off the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence event. The expansive nationwide series, which included 350 shows in total, sought to honor victims of gun violence and make arms prevention a crucial issue in the upcoming election.