Monday, April 5, 2010

Opening Day: Dre to Tyler to Diamond

They're no Tinker to Evers to Chance, but in the world of music they're a very solid trio.

Sunday April 4th kicked off the 2010 baseball season with the 2009 World Series Champions; the New York Yankees meeting their rivals the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Over the last few years Fenway has seen a revival in their stadium's appearance and popularity and combine that with the appeal of Opening Day and you have a fantastic venue for some top name acts.

Appearing first on the day was hip-hop's very own Dr. Dre. Dre as he took batting practice sporting a Red Sox jersey and hawking his new "Beats by Dr. Dre" Red Sox headphones. With him was Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine who stated that he's from Brooklyn and was originally a Mets fan, but today is rooting for Boston.

Up next was fresh out of rehab - Steven Tyler, the lead singer of Aerosmith performing "God Bless America" at the bottom of the 7th inning. I have an open mind when it comes to music and differing versions of songs, but in all honesty, even though I enjoyed his effort, I found the version off putting and would have enjoyed a more traditional sound for one of our country's respected songs. Performing acapella, with his daughter Chelsea joining in at the very end (I rather liked that part), Tyler's voice is just too raw and screeching for the song. A hit, and a miss.

Finishing up the trio was Neil Diamond sporting a Red Sox hat, and a dark black blazer with the words, "Keep the Dodgers in Brooklyn" in white lettering on the back.

Diamond was definitely showing his age, and the song was definitely "schlocky" and that's alright with me. This man has been around for years and years and having his song being adopted at the park for the 8th inning in which everyone (I'm sure there's some holdouts) joins in and sings "So good, so good, so good" back to him is nothing but silly fun. Racing sausages (in Milwaukee) are ok but singing "Sweet Caroline" isn't?

BSOD 4/5/2010: Sweet Caroline - 8th Inning Stylee
Artist: Neil Diamond and the Boston Red Sox Fans
Released: 4/4/2010

"So good, so good, so good!!!"

Note: The Red Sox beat the Yankees 9-7

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