Monday Night time Soccer kicks off in earnest in Week 2 with the weird, semi-official launch to the season. Regardless of the opening week contest between the Payments and Jets garnering unparalleled consideration, ESPN and ABC shunned placing their advertising weight behind branding the launch of MNF because of the sport being performed on September 11.
Which means that from a TV perspective Saints vs. Panthers and Browns vs. Steelers will function the true launch for the premiere prime time sport, and with it a model new theme tune which is a wild mashup of types.
Nation music mega-star Chris Stapleton performs Phil Collins’ “Within the Air Tonight,” with Snoop Dogg providing “football-centric rap verses,” in line with USA At this time. We get components of Stapleton’s position within the video from Schefty above, however haven’t but heard how Snoop will mix the types.
Stapleton was a mammoth hit on the Tremendous Bowl
The 45-year-old Kentucky native spent the vast majority of his profession as the most effective songwriter you’d in all probability by no means heard of. Co-writing six No. 1 nation songs for different artists, it wasn’t till 2015 that Stapleton struck out as a person performer.
Since that point he’s been probably the most critically acclaimed nation musicians in America, which catapulted him into the highlight when he carried out the nationwide anthem at Tremendous Bowl LVII in February 2023. His stirring, soulful rendition was broadly beloved, making him a pure match to proceed working with the NFL.
Snoop is a protected guess for the NFL
At this level in his profession/life Snoop is aware of precisely what he’s right here for. The hip hop legend nonetheless carries sufficient weight to be taken significantly by youthful followers, whereas being a family title and dose of nostalgia for older followers.
Snoop is not any stranger to advertising himself, and he’ll by no means flip down a job. He’s additionally a “protected” rapper the NFL is aware of gained’t fire up controversy exterior of his unabashed love of weed, which isn’t actually an issue.
In brief: When you’re searching for a rapper to assist with the Monday Night time Soccer theme that you recognize gained’t do one thing to harm your model then in 2023 you get Snoop.
Regardless of operating for 54 seasons, this can solely be the fifth theme tune for Monday Night time Soccer
There’s no assure the Stapleton/Snoop model of “Within the Air Tonight” will stay long-term. The published has a historical past of rotating songs out and in, however that is the primary new tune since 2020. Right here’s the historical past of the MNF theme tune.
1970-75: “Rating” by Bob’s Band
1976-1988: “Heavy Motion” by Johnny Pearson
1989-2011: “All My Rowdy Associates Are Right here on Monday Night time” by Hank Williams Jr.
2011-2016: Return of “Heavy Motion” by Johnny Pearson
2017-2019: Return of “All My Rowdy Associates Are Right here on Monday Night time” by Hank Williams Jr.
2020-21: “Rip It up” by Little Richard feat. Butcher Brown
2022: Second return of “Heavy Motion” by Johnny Pearson
Now we will add Stapleton and Snoop to the checklist. That is undoubtedly historical past within the making, as a result of a brand new theme actually doesn’t come round fairly often.