Ryan Glasspiegel
Monday September 23rd, 2013

Katy Perry Performs Live At HMV Hammersmith Apollo

Although the music landscape has changed significantly in the past two decades, it has remained frozen in time inside NFL stadiums, where the PA systems still almost exclusively blare songs by Guns N' Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC, and the like. And, as the Cincinnati Bengals learned when they tried to introduce Katy Perry's "Roar" as the the team's entrance music, their fans would like to keep it that way.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

The Bengals—who on Monday unveiled Katy Perry's megahit "Roar" as a pregame, in-game and postgame song at Paul Brown Stadium—said on Friday that the song will no longer be featured as prominently. The decision comes after a social-media backlash over the team's usage of the song—which, as bubblegum pop fare, was an affront to typical football tastes. Fans took to Twitter to complain before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers was even over.

"I think some fans proved that there's an expectation that when the team takes the field, there should be more of a hard-rock, classic-rock song and I know that's what we're going to do this game," said Jeff Berding, the Bengals' director of sales and public affairs. "Katy Perry is not going to be the last song you hear before the team takes the field."

One fan quoted in the story expressed disappointment with the Bengals' neglect of stuff off Jock Jams Volume One, and presumably still loves his disc-man and Windows 95. In any event, "Roar" was replaced by T.I.'s 2004 hit "Bring 'em Out," which is still probably at least 10 years too young for the fan base's liking.

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