There was almost as much music as there was hockey in Nashville last night, where the Ducks beat the Preds, tying the series 2-2.
Kelly Clarkson sang the National Anthem:
Kings of Leon were the official towel-wavers:
— Thomas Willis (@TomAWillis) May 19, 2017
Keith Urban sang two nights earlier:
At least one person was NOT happy with the caliber of music in the house – the regular anthem singer, Dennis K. Morgan.
Morgan’s been the Pred’s go-to guy for seventeen years, and says that replacing him with Carrie Underwood was initially presented to him as a one-time occurrence:
The Predators released a statement on the matter:
“We have always valued Dennis K. Morgan’s performance of the national anthem at Predators’ home games. Our arrangement with him has always allowed for nationally and internationally renowned musical artists to perform when available to further enhance our game experience while paying respect to our country through their respective awe-inspiring renditions of the national anthem. The reaction from our fans in Bridgestone Arena as well as from around the country to seeing and hearing world class performers such as Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Vince Gill and his daughters, Little Big Town and Lady Antebellum during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs has been overwhelmingly positive, bringing national and international exposure to our community while continuing to set our game experience and atmosphere apart from others in professional sports.”