In an emotional performance as part of “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” on Saturday, The Killers paid tribute to George Floyd with a stripped-down performance of “Land of the Free.”
The Killers performed the track from their Prairie Sun Recording Studio in Sonoma, California, with frontman Brandon Flowers changing some of the lyrics to reference Floyd’s tragic death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.
“When I go out in my car/ I don’t think twice/ But if you’re the wrong color skin/ You grow up lookin’ over both your shoulders/ In the land of the free/ And how many killings must one man watch in his home/ Till he sees the price on the tab/ Eight measured minutes and 46 seconds/ Another boy in the bag/ Another stain on the flag,” Flowers sang in the revised lyrics.
The band were among several artists that performed during the socially distanced version of the event, which also featured performances by John Legend, Lady A, The Black Eyed Peas, Tim McGraw, and Brad Paisley.
A video of the entire “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” has been posted on YouTube, with the Killers’ performance of “Land of the Free” starting around the 27-minute mark.
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