ESPN‘s “Monday Night Football” broadcast opened with a new music video featuring eight-time Grammy Award winner Chris Stapleton, entertainment icon Snoop Dogg, and world renowned-drummer Cindy Blackman Santana reimagining Phil Collins‘ megahit “In the Air Tonight.”
Monday night’s premiere of “In the Air Tonight” cover by Snoop and Stapleton ahead of “Monday Night Football” adds to the television franchise’s “Two Games, One Night,” special presentation. Santana plays drums on the new version of Collins’ 1981 hit song.
The new open kicked off “Monday Night Football” games on ESPN and ABC on Monday, September 18th.
It will continue for all “Monday Night Football” games, ESPN‘s Week 18 Saturday Doubleheader, Super Wild Card, and its first Divisional playoff game.
“Heavy Action,” the iconic Monday Night Football theme music, was played following the new open, leading into Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Lisa Salters’ call of the game.
“In the Air Tonight,” one of greatest songs of all-time, has a deep relationship with football, having been cited as a song that helps players shift their mindset to prepare to compete.
“It was fascinating to me to see how one song could get you in that mode to go kick some tail,” two-time Super Bowl champion and Steelers legend Hines Ward said in an ESPN feature about the song.
(Photo: UMG Nashville)
— ESPN (@espn) September 19, 2023
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