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Matt Campbell says he has an idea what music will ring out from the heavens as his Iowa State football team runs onto Jack Trice Stadium this season. Before they cue up the audio on Sept. 3 for the Northern Iowa game, though, a Grammy Award winner offers this waaaaay out of the box suggestion:
Slayer’s “Hell Awaits,” Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn told me during our conversation Sunday night.
“If that doesn’t get you pumped up to stick your nose in the hole — I don’t know what to say,” he said.
Why Slipknot? Why Fehn?
They’re coming to town Friday night, to Wells Fargo Arena — about 15 minutes from the Ankeny home in which Fehn was raised.
He played football for Jerry Pezzetti at Ankeny in the late 1980s. He was a kicker.
“Best football team in Ankeny history,” Fehn told me.
That team’s entrance song?
Queen’s “We Will Rock You.”
“We all played the beat on our pads,” Fehn said. “Pretty powerful.”
I doubt that’s on Campbell’s list. At 36, he’s a lot hipper than that. He’s social media savvy, so much so that he makes every fan feel as if they’re in strategical meetings with coaches and players.
He hopes his team “rocks” opponents, but as for the song? Don’t count on it.
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The instrumental from “Hell Awaits,” Fehn’s entrance music suggestion, has some enthusiastic pop to it, but the words — they’re possibly not conducive to some among 60,000 fans whose wholesome family experience includes the entrance song’s lyrics.
“I’m a little extreme,” Fehn says.
Friday at The Well, Fehn (aka No. 3), will be the one with the Pinocchio mask during an evening that also includes performances from Marilyn Manson and Of Mice and Men.
If there’s a football around, he might even boot it into the stands. I hear he’s still got some athleticism left in his 44-year-old body.
Maybe not, but he has serious thoughts about pump-'em-up music before athletic events.
“Music and sport have a very strong bond,” he said. “Music is able to raise performance. Music touches the soul.”
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Iowa State football entrance music touched a nerve during Paul Rhoads’ latter years as the coach. Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” fizzled to the extent that it has been removed from Jack Trice Stadium’s playlist.
Enter Campbell, who has come up with a song that will become his team’s pre-game trademark. He’s just not telling us what it is.
“I love that it’s a secret,” Fehn said. “I’m excited to see what it is.”
It might be the popular “Enter Sandman” song used by Virginia Tech. It might be the Elvis entrance theme used by other colleges.
Jimi Hendrix’ "Purple Haze"?
That’s cool, too, but “Hell Awaits”?
I’m more into AC/DC’s "Thunderstruck."
I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Randy Peterson, a senior sports reporter, has been with the Register for parts of five decades. Randy writes opinion and analysis of Iowa State football and basketball. You can reach Randy at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at RandyPete.