For Hank Jr., the Monday Night Football tradition continues
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For Hank Jr., the Monday Night Football tradition continues

Thursday, August 16, 2007 – If it's Monday night in the fall, Hank Williams Jr. must be in the house. That legacy will continue for the 19th year when Williams will perform the opening theme to ESPN's Monday Night Football this fall with a new all-star band featuring Brian Setzer and other popular artists.

Williams will again perform "All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night" - based on his hit song "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight." This year's version will offer a "boogie-woogie" and big-band music flare with the addition of Setzer and 13 members of the horn section from the Brian Setzer Orchestra.

ESPN introduced the all-star band concept during its inaugural MNF season a year ago. This year will feature Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Gretchen Wilson and Drake Bell, the 21-year-old actor/singer/songwriter from the popular Nickelodeon series Drake and Josh; Keyboardist John Ondrasik (Five for Fighting); funk bassist Bootsy Collins (Parliament Funkadelic); and drummer Cindy Blackman (drummer for Lenny Kravitz).

"The open was such a huge hit last fall, we knew we had to assemble another all-star band to join Hank as ESPN's Monday Night Football continues to put its own special stamp on this iconic music ritual that gets fans 'ready for some football' each Monday during the NFL season," said Norby Williamson, executive vice president, production, ESPN.

Williams added: "Bootsy Collins, Gretchen Wilson, Richie Sambora...these are definitely some of my rowdiest friends. With names like these in the open for Monday Night Football, this year's theme will get everyone fired up for that pigskin."

The MNF opening video will feature team-specific lyrics and visuals each week based on the 17 regular-season ESPN match-ups. The taping will take place Monday, Aug. 20 at House of Blues Las Vegas with all of the musicians.

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