It represents way more than 1% of people who submitted votes though. The fans that post on these forums are probably more dedicated than most, and so are the ones that send in goal song submissions. If you think these were actually the top three in votes, even disregarding Rock and Roll Part 2, then you are way too gullible. It seemed clear to me from the get-go that even though they said they were going to test out the three most voted songs, it was obviously going to be three songs that they found suitable. Just like when you needed to register for a ticket for the equipment sale at the draft a few years ago, but after registering it just took you to a webpage to print out your ticket, all of which had the exact same barcode and number. It was just a ploy to get more email addresses into their database. Did you really think someone was sitting there tallying every vote for every single song? Come on, now.
In bold: yeah, pretty much. The only thing that's really aggravating about it all is the way it continues to get handled. All they had to do was announce that they were dumping R&R Part 2 in the preseason, then follow that up with "and here's the three songs that are candidates to replace it. We'll play song#1 at the first home game, song#2 at the next one, then song#3 at the following one. We will use the one that gets the most positive reaction."
But, as we know, we got:
1) R&R Part 2 playing during preseason, which led many to think no changes were coming.
2) Blindsided at Opening Night with a song that seemed to be implemented only because the artist had New Jersey ties, which was an insult to several Jersey folk. Nothing like new owners who appear to regard their fans as nothing more than a homogenous stereotype who worships anything branded New Jersey.
3) In reaction to the disaster above (which had ownership had anyone do even miminal research, they would have seen that coming), the Devils allowed fans to enter their own choices. Though several fans were still pissed at the blindside maneuver, several others applauded this "recovery" move, and were willing to submit good ideas (though some clearly weren't going to let go of R&R Part 2...that's on the fans).
4) Then it becomes obvious that the "YOU pick your song!" thing was a sham, and that the Devils were going to pick three songs that were clearly less far disastrous than "This Is Our House" (this time I'm sure SOME organizational research went into the three choices). Fine...hell, two of the three songs are light-years better than "This Is Our House"...but most people can see through this pretty easily, which makes we wonder why the Devils didn't just come out and be honest with their fanbase JUST ONCE since this whole thing began.
It always goes back to the same thing...even though several Devils fans wouldn't have liked the sacking of R&R Part 2 the second it was announced, and some would then refuse to give anything else a real chance, if the Devils had just been honest about how they were handling this just ONE DAMNED TIME, fans would be a lot less annoyed by all of this now. Maybe not happy and thrilled, but definitely less aggravated.