Vocalist Gary Cherone of reunited Massachusetts hard rockers EXTREME is contributing a song to the upcoming film "The Barrel Of A Gun", written about the controversy surrounding Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted in the 1981 murder of police officer Daniel Faulkner. The film's director, Tigre Hill, also shot a video with the former VAN HALEN frontman, which will debut around the movie's premiere on September 21 at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Cherone recently told Michael Smerconish of the Philadelphia Daily News that he's always been interested in the case and long followed it from afar. Finally, after reading the trial transcripts and eyewitness testimony, he was inspired to write a song about it.
But, unlike so many folks stuck in a Hollywood cloud or ivory tower, Cherone was drawn to Daniel Faulkner's wife's side of the story. So he penned "The Murder Of Daniel Faulkner".
"The Murder Of Daniel Faulkner" audio stream:
"I was kind of blown away by the detail of the story," Cherone told the Philadelphia Daily News.
At first, Cherone considered the song a "writing exercise" that he'd simply work through until "it was put on a shelf."
But what he found on another shelf persuaded him to contact Daniel's wife, Maureen, and take the song public.
Read the entire report from the Philadelphia Daily News.
Michael Smerconish's interview with Gary Cherone and Maureen Faulkner can be heard in three parts below.
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Interview Part 2:
Interview Part 3:
Photo credit: Shea Roggio