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New and completely different Drake Bell News

I'll admit, I didn't see this coming, but I can only view the exposure as a good thing for Drake Bell and his music!

I found this press release in enough reputable places for it to have merit, so naturally I knew all my LJ friends needed to know ASAP!

August 15, 2007

Hank Williams, Jr. Returns to ESPN's Monday Night Football with Brian
Setzer and New All-Star Band
Music Legend to Sing MNF Anthem for 19th Year; New Open Debuts Sept. 10

The names of the NFL superstars who have performed on Monday Night
Football the past two decades are constantly changing, but one name
has remained constant since 1989 – Hank Williams, Jr. The legendary
singer has earned four Emmy awards (1991-1994) and national acclaim
among fans for singing the anthem that kicks off the NFL's weekly
primetime showcase game. That legacy will continue for the 19th year
when Williams will perform the opening theme to ESPN's MNF this fall
with a new all-star band featuring singer/songwriter 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, and
this year's diverse collection of musicians is scheduled to feature
new artists representing rock 'n roll, pop, country and funk,

Guitarists Brian Setzer (Stray Cats/Brian Setzer Orchestra), Richie
Sambora (Bon Jovi), country music sensation Gretchen Wilson, and young
phenom 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,

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. Setzer and John Colby are music directors for the
project with lyrics by Williams and Mike Szykowny. ESPN's Rick Paiva
(producer) and Chris Mantzaris (director) are overseeing production of
the video with technical resources provided by Stephen Levy of Habana

The MNF video will debut prior to kickoff of ESPN's MNF regular
season-opening doubleheader Sept. 10 – Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati
Bengals (7 p.m. ET) and Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers
(10:15 p.m.).

In 2006, ESPN kicked off its first season of MNF with Williams and an
all-star band performing the opening theme. Collins is the only
returning player this year from the line-up that also included
guitarists Chris Burney (Bowling for Soup), Rick Nielsen (Cheap
Trick), Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Steven Van Zandt (E Street Band);
keyboardists Little Richard and Bernie Worrell (Parliament
Funkadelic); fiddler Charlie Daniels; saxophonist Clarence Clemons (E
Street Band); and drummers Angela Webster (The Believers) and
?uestlove (The Roots).

"young phenom"!! Squeeing like the pitiful fangirl that I am!!

OK, I'll admit it: I'm absolutely DYING inside to know in advance (this time) when Drake is going to be in Las Vegas - I was leaving Las Vegas the same day he came to town to celebrate his 21st birthday - coulda passed him in the airport or something, but NOOOOOO! I never manage to be in L.V. when celebrities I'm actually INTERESTED in are in town. I'd give just about anything to hang out at the Mandalay Bay all day Monday, just to get a look at the goings-on at the House of Blues!

Maybe I can bribe my mom with the appropriately desirable prescription drugs, and she could get a pic or something ... 'course, I'd have to give her about 70 pictures of Drake so she'd be sure who she was looking for. I can just hear the conversation:
"You mean you didn't want pictures of that handsome boy who plays guitar in that Bon Jovi band? You used to be crazy about them! He's about your age, too, isn't he? This boy in the pictures you sent looks like he could be your son, Marla!"

Thanks, Mom.

As if my current crush doesn't make me feel enough like a total perv.