NHL Opening Night Hysteria Features Def Leppard

How much does the NHL still wish it was 1988, when Gretzky and Lemieux ruled the world and teams actually scored goals? So much that they’re centering their annual kickoff (or “face-off” I guess) event around a concert by timeless butt-rockers Def Leppard. For just $35, you can watch the boys rock the Fox Theatre in Detroit as the Red Wings begin their season at home (the game will be shown on a big screen at the theater).

Def Leppard

While “metal” and hockey have always gone together well, it’s amusing to read Joe Elliott trying to convince himself that they planned on their new single being a hockey anthem all along. Because, as we all know, British guys just can’t get enough hockey.

NHL.COM  pours the sugar:

“When Sav first played me “C’mon, C’mon,” I remember saying to him ‘I can hear this being played in every hockey arena all over the United States and Canada’,” said Def Leppard frontman, Joe Elliott. “Once we recorded it, I was even more convinced.”

Thank God for the NHL stepping up to the plate, because Elliott nearly had to claim that he could hear this being played “in every cricket oval in Pakistan and India.”

Perhaps the most disturbing detail of the NHL memo is the unveiling of this unholy alliance:

“Songs From The Sparkle Lounge” contains 11 new songs including the hit single “Nine Lives,” featuring a groundbreaking collaboration with country music superstar Tim McGraw


Sadly, without this news release, I don’t know if any of us would have realized that they were playing hockey this year.

And just so you know, I made it through this whole post without making a “one arm” joke.