Saturday, 23 April 2016

Rocking Out In A Jersey

I want to point something out that hadn't dawned on me when posting these musicians-in-jerseys articles. Arena organists are musicians too! I just wanted to shout-out to the arena organ players who keep the crowd rolling night in and night out with their renditions of popular music and traditional songs at arenas! The commercials musicians, however, aren't normally cheering on a home team as they tour the world, but they still occasionally will don a jersey for the home faithful to thank the fans who come out to support them. It's another look at musicians who wear jerseys on stage here on HBIC!

Let's start with the most recent news as the revolutionary Prince passed away at the age of 57. Prince Roger Nelson was a proud Minnesotan, and he was born into music as his father was a pianist and songwriter and his mother was a jazz singer. His influence on the music world was immense, and he has often been regarded as one of the world's best guitar players among the many instruments he mastered. His Paisley Park recording studio was located in Minnesota, and he was a major supporter of the arts and music scenes in and around Minneapolis-St.Paul. In saying this, the Minnesota Wild produced a jersey in Prince's memory with his famous symbolic name on the back. Rest in peace, Prince.

As you may be aware, Dan Boyle was once a San Jose Shark, but did you know he was also a music roadie? The New York Rangers defenceman joined alt-music group Faith No More on the road where he served as one of the group's roadies during the East Coast swing of the tour for Sol Invictus! Boyle helped out for four shows with the band where he'd spray down Mike "Puffy" Bordin with water while he played or assisting Mike Patton with his microphone cable whenever the singer dove into the pit! Boyle is a huge Faith No More fan, so he invited the band to practice with the Sharks in 2012! How cool is that?!?

KISS bassist Gene Simmons has appeared on the musicians list already, and now he is the first musician to have a daughter appear on the list! Sophie Simmons is a blossoming musician, model, and businesswoman who has developed a brand unto herself already. Sophie and the Vancouver Canucks have worked together on a number of occasions for various charities in and around the Vancouver area, and the Canucks were lucky enough to have Sophie sing the Canadian national anthem for them!

Brad Paisley is probably one of country music's biggest stars. I say "probably" because I don't listen to country music, but I hear a vast number of people talking about him and his music. He sells out arenas and concerts regularly, his music is always near the top of the charts, and he seems to be a favorite of the fairer sex due to his rugged, manly looks. The AHL's Syracuse Crunch also like him, and gave Paisley a jersey when he stopped in their city!

The New York Rangers have a pretty important Swede playing for them in Henrik Lundqvist. He appeals to many, but Swedes are fiercely proud of their countryman who has brought them an Olympic gold medal among his various accolades. One such Swede is Ansel Elgort or, as he is known on the music scene, Ansolo. Ansel is an actor and DJ, and he regularly shows up at Madison Square Garden. How often, you ask? So much so that he has a home, road, and alternate jersey!

You may not be familiar with Us3's music, but they are a jazz-rap group from London. Their biggest hit was "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)" which can still be heard on various stations playing hits from the 1990s, but they haven't cracked any major charts for some time. That being said, they still do perform for their faithful, and John M. pointed out that they were a part of the rap scene that wore hockey jerseys for a while! Here is one of the members of Us3 in a Blackhawks jersey!

We have a shot on the musicians list of The Who's Roger Daltrey in a Toronto Maple Leafs sweater, but it's in black-and-white. So how about a colour version?

The Rolling Stones might be one of the original rock groups when rock-and-roll got big. There is no doubt that the Stones have had a massive influence on the music industry, and Mick Jagger's look and sound has been revered and duplicated on a number of occasions by many artists. That being said, it seems only appropriate that one of the Original Six NHL teams honours the legendary rock singer with his own jersey! The Boston Bruins did exactly that, and Jospeh C. sent me the photo!

Just because I keep finding them, here's Shania Twain in another Toronto Maple Leafs jersey.

Like Ozzy Osbourne, the hockey jersey look isn't really in Steven Tyler's wardrobe. The Aerosmith lead singer has his own eclectic style that rarely weaves into the sports world, so capturing a picture of him supporting a team is a rarity. Joseph C. sent along Steven Tyler showing support for the Boston Bruins!

There's no denying that Justin Bieber is a polarizing figure in the world of music, but he seems to be taking notes from another tween favorite in Taylor Swift. The Biebs is starting to amass his own closet of hockey jerseys, and this entry has three, maybe even four, entries from Canada's unwanted singer. Somehow, Bieber got to pose with an Edmonton Oilers jersey with Wayne Gretzky! Yet it appears he took the stage in Edmonton wearing a different jersey. He posed at the iHeartRadio Music Award in what appears to be a Gretzky New York Rangers jersey. And just for good measure, he took to the stage in Glendale wearing a Max Domi Arizona Coyotes jersey.

And to finish this one off, Joseph C. brought forth an amazing picture of one of music's greats. Stephen Stills is probably best known for his work in Buffalo Springfield and, of course, the iconic Crosby, Stills, and Nash. Stills' solo album is the only album to feature both Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, and he's been writing musical hits all his life. He is the first man to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice for both Crosby, Stills, and Nash and for Buffalo Springfield. Apparently, he was also a Philadelphia Flyers fan!

As always, you should check out all the musicians listed on this page. Thanks to many people's help, I've amassed a heckuva collection of images on there, and there are probably a ton more that should be added that I don't know about. If you want to submit a photo, please send it here!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

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