In honor of the American heroes who have sacrificed their lives for our country, we’re highlighting Five Finger Death Punch’s music video for their take on “Gone Away;” a breathtaking tribute to those heroes (video below).
The band, a longtime supporter of military veterans, law enforcement, and other first responders, released the powerful remake of The Offspring song in 2017 as a somber salute to America’s fallen heroes.
“Every song has exactly as many meanings as many people have heard it, but by creating a music video we can crystallize one of the possibilities, our personal interpretation, and share what those words mean to us personally,” FFDP guitarist Zoltan Bathory said at the time, according to Parade.
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and by taking a snapshot of our own perception of something we are also sharing the impact it had on us,” Bathory explained. “‘Gone Away’ is one of those songs that can hit you in the chest, and our interpretation may surprise some…but this is how we heard it.”
In April, the band teamed up with country star Brantley Gilbert, Queen’s Brian May, and blues-infused rock legend Kenny Wayne Shepherd to create a music video featuring the heroic actions of first responders.
All proceeds from the collaborative cover of Shepherd’s “Blue on Black,” will be donated to the Gary Sinise Foundation to help benefit first responders, the band said in the video release.
“To raise awareness for and support first responders is a cause that’s always been close to our hearts,” Bathory told Louder.
“Compared to them we’re just citizens. We’re living our lives,” he continued. “These firefighters and soldiers and first responders are out there risking theirs. It’s close to our heart. So, with different artists from different genres we can also bring a unified awareness to this cause.”
The Gary Sinise Foundation made headlines in December of 2018, when it sent 1,750 Gold Star family members to Disney World for the trip of a lifetime, CBS News reported.
“Each one of these children who are going on these airplanes have lost a parent in military services – either combat related or illness or unfortunately suicide sometimes,” Sinise said at the time. “We wanna take care of these kids and make sure they know we don’t forget.”
In September of 2018, FFDP released an original single, “When The Seasons Change,” in honor of first responders and law enforcement officers around the globe.
The hard-hitting video showed two officers as they joked with each other outside the station while walking out to their patrol vehicle, then flashed to scenes of the life-and-death gun battle they were unknowingly headed into.
Images of the officers smiling and wrestling over the patrol car keys were spliced with clips of masked gunmen opening fire on them, then leaving them both lying motionless in an empty dirt lot.
“Realistically, we’re not living in a world where everybody’s got flowers and smiling and are peaceful or [singing] ‘Kumbaya,’’ Bathory told Loudwire prior to the video’s release.
“So, for those who realize this is not reality, you have to accept that each city has a police force, and they are really that thin blue line, that thin layer of ice on a deep ocean of f–king chaos, and savagely things can happen to them,” he said.
The video concluded with an image of a Thin Blue Line Flag.
“I personally look at [the police] and think they are special people who deserve the respect and I don’t know that the general population understands what they go through,” the Hungarian-born guitarist explained. “I feel that they are not getting the respect that they deserve.”
That same month, the band announced it had donated $95,000 to C.O.P.S., an organization that helps the families of fallen law enforcement officers.
It was follow-through for a commitment Bathory made in the summer of 2018, when he announced that the heavy metal band planned to donate a portion of ticket proceeds from their “And Justice for None” tour to the organization.
FFDP’s devotion to supporting the military and first responders has also gained them a strong and loyal fan base.
“When we were over in Iraq playing our [United Service Organizations] tour, I had one soldier come up to me, and he laid a burnt iPod down on the table,” frontman Ivan Moody said back in 2013, according to Stereogum. “He didn’t ask me to sign it. He wanted me to keep it.”
“I looked at him a bit funny at first,” Moody explained. “He told me one of his closest friends went out on a mission and didn’t make it back…When they found him and his things, his iPod was stuck on ‘The Bleeding.’ The last thing he was listening to before he went was one of our songs. I literally teared up.”
You can watch FFDP’s tribute to America’s military veterans in the video below: