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Volume 21 No. 1
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Rockin’ out in Charlotte

There must be some hard-rock fans in the Panthers’ game-day presentation booth, because much of the afternoon’s “mood music” rang out like MTV circa 1991.

At different times throughout the afternoon, the driving guitars of Led Zeppelin and AC/DC pelted Bank of America Stadium, as well as the drumbeat to Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.” This coming from a team that historically has used “Welcome to the Jungle” (Guns N’ Roses) and “Cat Scratch Fever” (Ted Nugent) to fire up the crowd. Not a lot of pop or hip-hop getting played in this stadium.

At one point early in the game, in the southwest corner of the lower bowl, it was difficult to hear the PA announcer make a first-down call over Jimmy Page’s grinding axe. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. On third down, it was Angus Young’s turn as AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” rattled through the speakers. Even a rocked-up cover of the John Lee Hooker classic “Boom Boom” rang through the bowl after the Panthers’ lone touchdown.
I like it.

— Don Muret