The bands behind "The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania - The World Television Premiere"
This Saturday, the tag team of WWE and NBC will present "The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania -- The World Television Premiere" at 9PM/8CT. The explosive one-hour special will not only encapsulate all the grandeur and excitement of The Grandest Stage of Them All, but will be set to music sure to get your adrenaline pumping, including tracks from Korn, Collective Soul, The Hives and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Recently, we had the chance to hear from some of the artists involved with these pumping tracks about their thoughts on WWE and being included in this historic broadcast.
Jonathan Davis, the lead vocalist for Korn, said WWE "always plays really heavy music that just pumps you up … I've watched it since I was a kid, with Sgt. Slaughter and Iron Sheik, and I watched it get bigger and bigger and bigger, and a big part of it is the music - It's amazing."
Davis further explained that the innovative metal band's track "Right Now" is a perfect fit for WWE as "it's an intense song -- it gets you pumped up … And it just fits for wrestling."
Another band included in the broadcast is up-and-coming sensation Atom Smash, who contribute their song "Sacrifice." The group's vocalist Sergio Sanchez explained how excited he is to be a part of WWE.
"It's beyond an honor to have our music on ‘The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania' …We all grew up watching WWE, even our guitarist "Z" and he's from Austria. Let's face it, WWE is rock n' roll, action films and sports all rolled into one … Just putting our band name in the same sentence as WWE is chilling."
WWE has brought together some of the heaviest, most rocking tunes it could find for this broadcast, including "Monster," by the band Skillet. We caught up with vocalist and bassist John Cooper about setting the proper mood for WWE in-ring action:
"Our music is a great fit for WWE because it's intense, in your face rock n' roll." Cooper enthused. "Nothing gets your adrenaline pumping harder than listening to loud guitars while you're watching someone get body slammed."
Many of the songs included on the broadcast not only fit in with the feel of WWE, but also have lyrical content that relate to the struggles Superstars go through. One example of this is the band Borne's contribution.
"‘The Guide' is a great fit for ‘The 25th Anniversary [of WrestleMania]' because it's an uplifting song that comments on the inspiration that one individual can give to another in a time of hardship and adversity, challenging them to rise above and be guided by the wise," explained drummer Michael Stangel.
While the WWE Universe is no doubt thrilled to experience "The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania" coupled with such great music, many of the artists, such as Ryan Star, are just as excited, if not more so, to be a part of the broadcast.
"I remember when I was younger gathering around with my brother and cousins watching WrestleMania. I grew up with it. I had the ring and the action figures and everything … It was the greatest night of the year for us. It was our Super Bowl, so being a part of something this big is such a thrill. It's a part of who I am."