Styx Salutes Pittsburgh Steelers' Football Hall Of Fame Inductee Kevin Greene
September 27, 2016 at 12:33 PM (PT)
As any STYX fan in PITTSBURGH knows, their signature track “Renegade” has been an adopted theme song of the hometown STEELERS football team for over a decade. They’ve sung the national anthem at many STEELERS games in recent years and they’ll be proudly singing it once again at the STEELERS vs. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS game this SUNDAY (OCTOBER 2nd), which will be nationally televised on NBC’s “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” at 5:30p (PT)/8:30p (ET).
On SATURDAY (OCTOBER 1st), the band will dedicate their headlining show at BENEDUM THEATRE in PITTSBURGH to former STEELERS linebacker KEVIN GREENE, who was inducted into the PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME on AUGUST 6th. GREENE will be awarded his HALL OF FAME ring at SUNDAY’s game as part of a ceremony taking place at halftime.
The band's founder/guitarist/vocalist JAMES “JY” YOUNG explains, “STYX met KEVIN GREENE for the first time when we performed at the SUPER BOWL in 2001. We were impressed with his football career as well as the fact that he is a huge STYX fan from SOUTHERN ILLINOIS. We’re profoundly honored to be a part of the PITTSBURGH tradition of celebrating their HALL OF FAME Inductees, especially this time as KEVIN is being inducted. He’s a great guy, friend and football player. STYX is proud to be a part of the traditions as ‘Renegade’ has become a part of the 21st century STEELER Culture.”
Said GREENE: "I grew up a STYX fan. It was great to finally meet the guys in 2001. We have been friends ever since, and I'm excited that my beloved STEELERS have adopted the STYX song ‘Renegade’ as the unofficial fight song in the new millennium. Looking forward to a great concert SATURDAY night in PITTSBURGH. I'll be there!!!"
The love for “Renegade” started at a STEELERS playoff game against the CLEVELAND BROWNS on JANUARY 5th 2002. The team was down 24-7 well into the third quarter. During a commercial break, a crew member at HEINZ FIELD decided to play “Renegade” in an effort to get the fans riled up and boost the momentum of the team. It was a moment that helped the team come back to win the game 36-33 and subsequently change STEELERS history. Now, during the third quarter of home games, a video compilation of defensive plays are shown with "Renegade" playing in the background.
STYX is already planning their schedule for 2017 which will include a five-night limited engagement with very special guest star DON FELDER — formerly of THE EAGLES -- at the VENETIAN THEATRE in LAS VEGAS. “STYX & DON FELDER: Renegades In The Fast Lane,” will be held on JANUARY 6th, 7th, 11th, 13th and 14th, 2017. Tickets are on sale now here.