Photo: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
New: "Nothing But Our Love," Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Right before Thanksgiving, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. played a free show at the Cubby Bear. A guy came over to me and shook my hand and told me I was really awesome. I was pretty flattered. Then he asked if he could open for my non-existent band. I have no idea who he thought I was, but I told him, "Sure." Sorry, guy. At least you got to see this Detroit duo's mix of catchy indie-pop layered with Kanye West-esque production values play an awesome show. It's a great moment when the fuzzed-out guitars unexpectedly come in during the chorus.
Old: "A Day in the Life,"The Beatles
My first concert was Ringo Starr in 1994. I¿ve subsequently dressed up as Paul McCartney and John Lennon for various school projects. I've walked Abbey Road barefoot. I went to see Paul twice this year. I like the Beatles. It¿s hard to comprehend how awesome they really were since they've been a part of our culture for such a long time. It¿s become cliché how good they are. But this is my favorite Beatles song and transitively the Best Song Ever Written. When somebody speaks and Paul goes into a dream and lets out the long "Ahhhhh," it gives me chills every time.
The only bearable song you'll hear at a sporting event: "Seven Nation Army," The White Stripes
Somehow every arena in the world has about fifteen songs with the usual "Welcome to the Jungle"/"Thunderstruck"/"We Will Rock You" type engrained in our brains to the point they are just noise and no longer songs. I went to a soccer match in London a couple years ago and the entire crowd chanted Jack White's guitar line after a goal. It was truly an awesome moment merging sports and music. Now "Seven Nation Army" has started to enter the canon of American sporting event songs, the first to really make a dent in decades. Enjoy it before it gets overplayed into "Rock and Roll Part 2."
--Scott Bolohan is a RedEye sports contributor and music enthusiast