Bruce Springsteen honors Trayvon Martin
July 17th, 2013
04:58 PM ET

Bruce Springsteen honors Trayvon Martin

Rocker Bruce Springsteen is away from the states, but his mind is still on the events unfolding in his homeland.

According to The Star Ledger, the rocker was playing a concert in Limerick, Ireland when he spotted a sign for his song "American Skin."

"He said, 'Where is that sign?' and grabbed it," the publication reported witnesses as saying. "He then said, 'I want to send this one out as a letter back home. For justice for Trayvon Martin.'"

Springsteen joins a long list of celebrities who have shared their feelings about the recent verdict in the Zimmerman trial.

The song "American Skin" has history, having been written by Springsteen in 1999 after the shooting death of Amadou Diallo by New York City police. The lyrics to the song include the words "You can get killed just for living/In your American skin."

Here is Springsteen's performance in Ireland:


soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. Someone made me aware today and i quote....

    Let bruce break as many guitars as he doesn't change the feeling.

    July 26, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. 403 forbidden is going...


    July 26, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Did you know(t)

    you didn't have too go any of this too have your wand taken care of?

    July 26, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Did you know...

    that if you caress or suckle my enlongated love wand, and tasty white sauce will spring forth?

    July 26, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Self Esteem

    When does the boss understand....he is higher level ....

    July 26, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. She loves the boss....nobody movin anytime soon.


    July 24, 2013 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. The Boss24

    Nice too see the boss sit down for change!

    July 23, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rock

    "I want to send this one out as a letter back home. For justice for Trayvon Martin.'"
    Does this actually say that Bruce wants Zimmerman dead? Nice job Bruce.

    July 23, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Meh

    You phony A-h0les....write a song for Reginal Denny you jerks!! Not some punk who thought it would be better to fight than run.

    July 23, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. xcbxcbert546

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    July 22, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. birthdaydrums...

    you think the boss would show up!!! haaaaaaa

    July 22, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Janine: rule 1 stuck, part of the learning process.


    July 22, 2013 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  13. risk

    taking a risk for the boss? worth it

    July 21, 2013 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. boss50drums

    one new song one old song...

    July 20, 2013 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |


    July 20, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  16. George Harley

    Bruce Springstein is a f'ing creep! He is just like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Eric Holder, Hussein Osama, Bill Maher, etc... All of them are just nothing but low life race baiters!!!

    July 20, 2013 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  17. dfhcvnxcnser537

    Oh~Unbelievable… My friend Kimenie has just married to a handsome black man. They met through ~~ MìxedMàtching. Ç o m~~ They told me it is the best, largest and most successful black&white dating site for black and white singles seeking interracial relationships, friendships, dating ,love and more.. If you are single , don't wait any longer. Create your profile for free and start browsing through their profiles.

    July 19, 2013 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  18. deejahy

    Hey Springsteen how about a nice big cup of STFU WE really dont care to hear a hasbeens biased political views

    July 19, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Mandy

    shut up

    July 19, 2013 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  20. T.

    the only wet back she has is the one from the shower ...wear dansko better for shut up k?

    July 19, 2013 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  21. anna

    Has anyone seen a picture of Trayvon other than the little innocent one that has been shown?

    I have, and he is nothing like that photo, he was much bigger and full of tatoos and gold teeth, not the innocent that they want you to believe. People should dig a little deeper and get the truth about this supposedly innocent boy!!!!!

    July 19, 2013 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      I did a google image search but found nothing except a few where he was blowing smoke.

      July 19, 2013 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Mandy

      All that matters is another black person is dead. This was a good start. Mr. Zimmerman is a hero.

      July 19, 2013 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      Mandy, you shouldn't be so hostile towards our African American brothers. After all a fat trailer tr-ash scu-mbag such as yourself will probably only be able to get laid by them since you are such a big blu-bber b-utt skan-k.

      July 19, 2013 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  22. Silent But Deadly

    BRUCE! The dude ROCKS, man!

    July 19, 2013 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |


    July 19, 2013 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  24. Screw Mandy...Hacking updates as follows...


    July 19, 2013 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  25. vruce

    screwz Brucz

    July 18, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  26. LOBS5

    Juicy, full and tender like bruce.

    July 18, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |

    no wonder why the sack sucks

    July 18, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  28. whocares

    who cares about his politics i would do him

    July 18, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Bruce Stinks!

    I bet if Trayvon wandered onto Bruce's palatial estate, he'd feel otherwise.

    July 18, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  30. PWA

    The Boss...I love his music, but HATE his politics.

    July 18, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  31. She wants too start a fight before dinner...not happening....just laugh at her not bb me on 16 yr old behavior..thanks


    July 18, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Audra Ferguson

      I love me some Springsteen!!!! I like the fact that the man is speaking the truth. I love his politics and he is a great American!!!! If sometimes we as American's can just close our eyes and really understand the situation with Trayvon Martin we would see that this was a death that could have been prevented. In addition, George Zimmerman should be sitting in jail.... Let's call it what it is... He shot Trayvon because he profiled him and because he was black. If he was a white male he would have made it back home with his skittles and ice tea!!!

      July 18, 2013 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Mr. Skittles

    The kid shoplifted the Skittles. End of story.

    July 18, 2013 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Know-it-all

      Actually, he didn't...but even if he had - are you saying he deserved to die for shoplifting? What sort of anti-American police state are you advocating there, comrade?

      July 18, 2013 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  33. Sunshine

    It's a sad day in America when an innocent kid walks to a convenience store to buy skittles and an ice tea, and tries to return to his destination to watch a game on tv, without being racially profiled and killed. Zimmerman was told by the police to stay in his car, and they were on their way. Had he listened to them, this would be a non issue. Put your self in the kids place. You are walking home, minding your own business, and you have a MAN following you. What would you do? We only have zimmerman's testimony, not trayvon's. Why is this so hard for you racists to understand?

    July 18, 2013 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Marketta


      July 18, 2013 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • xjdavid

      BOOOOO! Trayvon Martin committed excuse for that. Zimmerman did not have his gun out and did not present a threat. If Martin had gone home instead of attacking George Zimmerman, this would not be the case. So which is worse, getting out of your truck or punching a guy in the face and pinning him down, smashing his head against the concrete? Lucky for George he DID have a gun, because had your precious Trayvon had one, Zimmerman would have been the one dead and it never would have made the news.

      July 18, 2013 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • research and knowledge is a wonderful thing - try it

      www dot

      July 18, 2013 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Skittles

      Just call me Mr. Skittles...

      July 18, 2013 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • lalamorina

      xjdavid are you kidding me!? So tell me what EVIDENCE did you use besides prejudicism and widely accepted but false assumption that black men are violent...because they are black?

      Hmm let's look at the facts, the best one at that:
      If Treyvon SMASHED Zimmerman's head into the ground, then where were his MEDICAL REPORTS, MEDICAL BILLS, and CAT SCANS?

      Are you really that much of a backwoods hick that you openly accept a picture of razor looking nick marks as evidence that his head was SMASHED into CEMENT?!? Please tell me you arent' that blinded by racism to believe such a pronounce proof of ignornace.

      July 18, 2013 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • What?

      All we have is Zimmerman's side of the story here. No facts, no witnesses, just Zimmerman's side. I wonder how you morons would feel if that was your kid, who was being stalked by a wanna be police officer. He had made up his mind the minute he saw Trayvon that he was a thug and up to no good. Surprise. Just an innocent kid walking down the street talking to his friend on the phone. What exactly was his crime again that Zimmerman had to pursue him? Last time I walked down the street, I'm pretty sure it wasn't a crime. Oh, but I'm white, so I guess that is where the difference lie.

      July 18, 2013 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      You are all going to have to accept that there is not enough evidence to convict Zimmerman. Simple fact that means all this arguing is just divisive.

      July 18, 2013 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  34. xjdavid


    July 18, 2013 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  35. Mr. Skittles

    They call me Mr. Skittles.

    July 18, 2013 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  36. ms ve

    i guess most of the people on here are white.

    July 18, 2013 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • lalamorina

      No, no, careful. Not white. Most people on here are bigots with racism and prejudice on their mind, and malice in the heart. I've noticed that the most people to visit articles reporting on Treyvon Martin are the kinds that sercretly revel in ugly depictions (false or true) of black men. But if George Zimmerman were not half hispanic, but were 100% hispanic, these racists people would be calling him a sp**. Racists trolls visit places were they can stir up tension openly, it FUELS them.

      July 18, 2013 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  37. Hot Carl

    Why doesn't he write a song about the young white couple who were raped, murdered and mutilated and stuffed into containers recently by 4 black skumbags?

    July 18, 2013 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Pliny

      Why doesn't ANYBODY say anything about that? Double standard, that's why. Especially the media, they avoid black on white crime like the plague. It's politically incorrect to acknowledge black against white crime.

      July 18, 2013 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      www dot

      July 18, 2013 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • lalamorina

      @BlindCarl and Pliny, hmm I don't know the same way that the media shows favor when reporting cases of missing WHITE children and not missing black, hispanic, asian, or any other ethnic child that is missing. But sure, when you're white AND hold a bigoted, one sided mindset, it's easy to turn a blind eye to that unjusticeness as long as the story suits your agenda and YOUR perspective.

      The media can't report on everything so they report on things that they believe will pull at the heart strings of the public. If you are a white, blonde, blue-eyed little girl the media assumes everyone will feel so moved and saddened by the story, but if they report a missing hispanic or black child missing, COMMENT BOARDS WOULD BE FILLED with comments like these from bigoted, prejudice whites.

      Bottom line, the media reports for the most part on things that are not of common place. A INNOCENT black boy walking down the street being racially profiled in the day and age of a Black President is A NEWS story.

      July 18, 2013 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Pliny

      Shut your hole, pliny-troll.

      July 18, 2013 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      That post above is not me.

      July 18, 2013 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  38. Bruce - stick to music

    Another reason to despise this dope – nice!

    July 18, 2013 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  39. OlderMen

    bruce is still a yummy ..would do him...

    July 18, 2013 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  40. M.A.P.

    Ok, more celebrities stirring the pot of racial hatred. This is ridiculous! Why do they use this one incident (which wasn't clearly an injustice if Trayvon was smashing Zimmermans head into the road) as an excuse to gain humanity points? There's no evidence that ZImmermand went out with the intention to kill. Where's the injustice? Should we just jail anyone who defends themself against a physical attack? Why don't we just jail anyone who we suspect of being rac-ist?

    July 18, 2013 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      This was a tragic accident that left a 17 year old dead and ruined the life of another and his family. I think this whole "JAIL ZIMMERMAN" campaign is totally out of order. Trial by public opinion!

      July 18, 2013 at 5:29 am | Report abuse |
  41. maria ...

    So fake ,such a hypocrites all of them ,they do it for fame and status ,they don't care about not one but themselves ,they should stay away from politics and racial movements inciting more racial tension that is already going on! I wonder why he didn't have on a hooty

    July 18, 2013 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  42. Outsource...

    with bruce? you betcha...

    July 17, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  43. bill fisher

    bruce is lost . he has more money than any working man . he sang about the poor working man at one point early on . he got rich at an early age and lost contact with normal people . the man is on the road most of his life good for him . go to his website. it has a store to buy all of his stuff . money , money , money . he has no clue about the facts of the murder of the trayvon kid . if he did he would write about the injustice thats going on with zimmerman.

    July 17, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • D. B. Cooper

      You have spoken the truth, couldn't agree with you more. Bruce is adrift in his bubble.

      July 17, 2013 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • lalamorina

      @Bill Fisher, really!? Let's search our hearts and see if our words our being motivated by malice, contempt, hatred and bigotry shall we? I prayed that God would help me see by facts and not race or hatred but let's take a look at the facts shall we, because it is not Bruce Springsteen who doesn't know the facts, it's a simpleton, everyday, backwoods loving citizen like you that is misguided and confused.

      1. Zimmerman claims that Treyvon "SMASHED" his head into the ground, BUT WHERE ARE THE MEDICAL RECORDS, MEDICAL BILLS? WHERE ARE THE PICTURES OF THE CAT SCANS? OOh but wait, are we to believe a picture that shows a few razor nick looking scratches on the back of a head is the result of having your head SMASHED into concrete? Backwoods mentality if you can't see something's off here...

      2. One thing about the TRUTH is that it NEVER CHANGES. So why has Zimmerman's story changed? First he claimed "Treyvon jumped out of a bush and ambushed him" then he claimed he "I actually don't know where he came from." Why did Zimmerman say "I placed Treyvon's arms out to lay outstretched across the ground" when he was found at the crime scene with his arms curled up UNDERNEATH him?

      3. Zimmerman has been charged with domestic violence, HAS A KNOWN police record and history of violence, and has been accused for CHILD molestation. Despite whatever you or anyone else may believe about Zimmerman, one thing is for sure that he has VIOLENT TENDECIES.

      July 18, 2013 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • lalamorina

      DB and BIll, YOU'RE ADIFT in your BUBBLE...prejudicism and bigotry prevail in your world. A sad little bubble you all are living in.

      July 18, 2013 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  44. LiLA

    look at him...he's more hunky now then before....he da boss

    July 17, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Lin

    Bruce Springsteen is my shidoshi.

    July 17, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Secret Voice

    I sure appreciate the fact that Bruce Springsteen honored Trayvon.....A true artist with true heart.

    July 17, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  47. jb

    Bruce, Too bad that you didn't treat Clarence Clemons that way...........

    July 17, 2013 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wrong jb

      He honored Clarence 1 million times and now Clarence's son has take his father's clearly do not know Clarence's son took over as head sax player for the E. Street Band...that's a huge honor

      July 17, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Staci

      Anyone who has attended a concert last yr knows what tribute Bruce and the band made for Clarence. The young man on the sax now is NOT Clarence SON! It is his nephew!!! Wish some would get their facts straight now and again!

      July 18, 2013 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  48. TheBoss

    Bruce is the and forever.

    July 17, 2013 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Ingrid Williams

    My HERO! Thanks Bruce for honoring Trayvon!!

    July 17, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  50. faye

    Thanks Bruce...!!!

    July 17, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Chrissy

    Strong body odor keeps me safe.

    July 17, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  52. bagladyboutique

    Reblogged this on Bag Lady Boutique.

    July 17, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  53. glenda

    Not everybody has a billion dollars, and can afford bodyguards, to keep them and their family safe.

    July 17, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Jose

    ¿Es eso un turd en el bolsillo o es usted apenas feliz de SR mí?

    July 17, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jose


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    • Staci

      Was ist los mit dir? Große problem mit English? Tut Mir Leid..

      July 18, 2013 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      Staci ich verstehe es auch nicht. Es ist nicht so schwer ein bisschen Englisch zu lernen oder? Ich habe sogar Deutsch gelernt!

      July 18, 2013 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
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    • M.A.P.

      @Jose – Es ist eine turd.

      July 19, 2013 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |

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