“The Dark Knight Rises” composer Hans Zimmer, an integral part of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, has announced a new song dedicated to victims of the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting . Zimmer revealed the new track, titled “Aurora,” on his Facebook page on Friday (July 27).
“‘Aurora’ is dedicated to those who lost their lives and were affected by the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado,” the composer said of the song. “I recorded this song in London in the days following the tragedy as a heartfelt tribute to the victims and their families. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Aurora Victim Relief organization.”
The composer supplied a link to watertowermusic.moontoast.com, where interested parties can listen to an excerpt of the song and donate up to $2500 in support; as mentioned in his post, all proceeds will be donated to the Aurora Victim Relief fund through GivingFirst.org. The song will also be available on iTunes, Zimmer said.
In the days following the shooting, Zimmer spoke out on the Aurora shooting in an interview with Rolling Stone. “We’re all devastated by what happened,” he told the magazine. “When we set up this interview, we didn’t know that things would change. I was going to send a note to Chris [Nolan] … but I didn’t have the words. Suddenly, words become meaningless because it’s so beyond anything. Devastated, I suppose, is the word. It’s just sad. Here we are, we were trying to celebrate this movie and celebrating that we’d finished it and then this happened. I just feel so incredibly sad for these people.”
Zimmer’s “Aurora” comes just days after “Dark Knight Rises” actor Christian Bale visited the Colorado town in an unannounced appearance to surprise and meet with victims affected by the tragedy. In his own statement, Bale said of the shooting, “Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them.”
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