Hank Williams to sing new MNF theme

Monday Night Football is the signature television property in all of sports – an American institution – and legendary singer Hank Williams, Jr. has played a defining role in that tradition since 1989, earning four Emmy awards (1991-1994) and national acclaim among fans for the MNF anthem he has made famous.

That legacy will continue on ESPN's MNF when the familiar face and voice of Williams, Jr. will perform the opening theme with a new twist, bridging the series' past with its future.

Based on his hit song "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight," Williams, Jr., will perform "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Monday Night" for the first time with an all star jam band representing musical influences from country and classic rock ‘n roll to hip-hop. Band members will include:

Guitarists Chris Burney (Bowling for Soup), Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Steven Van Zandt (E Street Band); Keyboardists Little Richard and Bernie Worrell (Parliament Funkadelic); Fiddler Charlie Daniels; Saxophonist Clarence Clemons (E Street Band); Bassist Bootsy Collins (Parliament Funkadelic); Drummers Angela Webster (The Believers) and ?uestlove (The Roots).

The MNF opening video will feature team-specific lyrics and visuals each week based on the 17 regular-season ESPN match-ups. Taping is taking place Tuesday at House of Blues Orlando with all of the musicians. Van Zandt and John Colby are producing the music with lyrics by Greg Jennings. Stephen Levy of Habana Avenue is producing the video, and Wayne Isham is directing.

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