HellOnICE Posted February 6, 2008 Share Posted February 6, 2008 I just posted this at HFBOARDS, because someone had started a thread criticizing the music at the rock, and I felt the need to post this...because it's something I feel extremely Strongly about... so here it is.. I have been to all but on game at the Rock this year (I missed the Buffalo game from a few weeks back, I had 102 fever ), and I have to say that... I agree. And it's not just the music production. It's the whole game night production. It's terrrrrible. We have the worst videos in the 15 or so arenas I've seen. The videos have no creative arc to them, no climax, horrible music quality and a failure to match the beat to the video. Furthermore, the overuse of the Organ (which doesn't even sound like an organ) during pregame, between periods KILLS, literally KILLS and prevents any sort of energy from being built. The "crowd" pump videos they use...Daughtry, Hinder?, All American Rejects?...you're kidding right. I don't even know who Hinder is, and I am in their prime target audience. What happened to the Michael Strahan video?...Furthermore, we are the luckiest team to have a SEINFELD EPISODE with a DEVILS character in there. Over kill the damned thing! They should play Putty at every game (or almost every game). The opening sequence looks like they found every effect on the new scoreboard and put it back to back, and after Sean Connery, it drops for about 2 seconds and all the energy dies...and it starts this horrrrrid video that has no beat, or anything to it...then right into the Hells Bells video (which actually isn't bad, but doesn't really have a climax to it). If it was me the game night video production would start when the doors open at 5:30. Those that get there early, like myself, have to stare at these horrid slides on the big board (like Devils Scramble name)...while listening to that crap organ. Here's TWO ideas: 1. Play the previous nights NHL On The Fly Final so fans can keep up on the league. 2. Play a classic/any game between the two teams that will take the ice. Edit it down to exactly an hour and from 5:30 to 6:30..it ends just as the teams take the ice for warm ups. For pregame...after the announcements do it old school. Running With The Devil into the previous game's highlights (if need be)...Then into a highlight video set YANNI's song we all came to know and love at the Meadowlands. That was Devils hockey. Then into The Hells Bells video now...and when they enter the ice surface...SEEK AND DESTROY blaring...(Like in 2003). If you notice now, when they take the ice Thunderstruck comes on, awfully quietly...As the players take the ice, INTRODUCE THE LINE UP then...so that between the anthem and opening faceoff you can play Sean Connery's WELCOME TO THE ROCK. That's the time to play it. In game...keep the train race, trivia, puck shuffle, XM Highlights, Rock Hard Hits, compare city cheer/boo, and the kiss cam...Get rid of DANCING with the Power PLayers (do we even need them?...what a horrible commericial break that is). Also get rid of the NJ Devil video of the Date (they've played it a few times). It's horribly amateurish and cheap (just look at the jerseys the girl wears...they are all from like 1993). Like I said before...the Daughtry, Hinder, Rejects videos HAVE GOT TO GO. You want to play videos...how about some video clips from movies...Miracle, Mystery Alaska, Al Pacino's speech in Any Given Sunday...the list can go on. Something to inspire the crowd on an emotional level (after all, that's what it's about isn't it?). During intermissions... The Devils should play the FSNY interview with the player after the intermission entertainment is over. Also, if they are ambitious it'd be nice to have a Devils produced feature (or Cangialosi's feature) on a player, or a part of the building...something. Lastly, duriing the highlights, they should show EVERY highlight..including away goals. It's ok, they can show those too...it won't hurt our feelings. The point is to be informational on that, so show it all good/bad. GOAL HORN. We need a goal horn...I suggest bring back the old one from the CAA, that was a sound clip that was DEVILS HOCKEY. If not get a real horn from a train (as we are in Newark) and blare that thing. Get rid of Zombie Nation...it's very bland and you can't really do anything to it. If it was me, I'd play Bon Jovi's Raise Your Hands...it's fast, it's hard and you can literally RAISE YOUR HANDS. Music. ROCK. ROCK. ROCK. Jovi, Bruce should be standards. But keep up with Rock old and new. Zeppelin, Stones, ACDC to new stuff from Velvet Revolver, Mute Math, U2...the list goes on. "EVERYBODY CLAP YOUR HANDS"...it's disugsting. Also the CHICKEN DANCE should NEVER EvER be played in a hockey arena. And finally...during the third period of EVERY GAME (and if it was up to me, I'd do this in all 30 rinks)...maybe the second to last commericial break...there should be a mandatory playing of "The Hockey Song - The Good Ole Hockey Game" by Stompin Tom Connors. That's all for now...But they NEEd to do these things. Because right now, the atmosphere on most nights is mediocre. The fans are partly responsible for that, but the TEAM can do so much more. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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