Winnipeg Rock Trio Featuring BRENT FITZ Will Welcome Jets Players To Ice At Home Opener
October 9, 2019, 4 months ago
"This ranks as possibly the coolest gig and top of my bucket list, being from Winnipeg and such a massive Jets fan," exclaims Brent Fitz (Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators, Union, Vince Neil), talking about his participation in the pre-game festivites for the Winnipeg Jets home opener on October 10th at Bell MTS Place.
An article shared by the National Hockey League, written by Jason Friesen, reads in part:
The home opener is always a special game featuring exciting player introductions and giving fans the chance to help welcome the new squad to the ice for the very first time to start a new season. This year, the game production team is taking it to the next level with a live rock n' roll performance from three Winnipeg-born rockers to bring even more energy to the player intros.
Drummer Brent Fitz, who has shared the stage with the likes of Slash, Gene Simmons, and Alice Cooper; guitarist Derrick Gottfried of Harlequin; and bassist Chris Burke-Gaffney of The Pumps will rock Bell MTS Place as the entire 2019-20 roster is presented.
"Winnipeg's a rock n' roll town," said Kyle Balharry, Sr. Director of Game Production for the Jets. "We've done lots of different things for opening night - we've done some scrims before, we've done LED wands before, and there's always a music track in the background. We always spend a lot of time thinking about what that track is, but we said, 'let's do something different. Let's have a live band.'"
Not settling for just any band, Balharry pulled together three of Winnipeg's finest, assembling what is nothing short of a local all-star lineup.
"It's a lot of pressure because I've been a big Jets fan for 40 years," said Fitz. "For a few minutes, I'm part of the team. It's like a dream for a kid. I went to a lot of games in the old arena, I've been to many games (at Bell MTS Place), and I've played this arena musically. So this is like a perfect 'coming home'. This is the next best thing to jumping on the ice with the players."
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