The New York Giants vs. Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos vs. Tennessee Titans will be the first two games in the first “Monday Night Football” of the NFL season on ESPN.
Notably missing from the program is Hank Williams Jr. while ESPN deleted its opening song “All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night,” an ESPN spokesman confirmed to Fox News on Wednesday.
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The official said the song referring to the fan base was irrelevant during the NFL season because teams may not have fans or have a limited number of fans allowed to attend. Some broadcasts may go to a virtual fan montage during games.
Instead, “Rip It Up,”; performed by the band Butcher Brown, will be used as an intro. This is the band version of the Little Richard song. Little Richard died earlier this year.
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Sports Business Daily, which first reported the change, said ESPN and Little Richard ‘s property and label Concord Records originated music for the new “Monday Night Football” theme.
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ESPN originally used Williams’ song for “Monday Night Football” in 1989 but dropped it in 2011 after he compared President Barack Obama to former Nazi Germany leader Adolph Hitler and described Vice President Joe Biden as an “enemy.” ” Williams’ song is back in 2017.