Neil Diamond, Steven Tyler, Dr. Dre Rock Sox Season Opener
The 2010 Major League Baseball season kicked off Sunday night (Apr. 4) at Boston's Fenway park, and it was a good night for fans of the Red Sox, who not only defeated the New York Yankees 9-7 but also got their fill of music moments thanks to Neil Diamond, Steven Tyler and Dr. Dre.
Diamond performed his anthemic 1969 hit "Sweet Caroline," which plays over the loudspeakers during the 8th inning of every Sox home game at Fenway. Thousands of fans joined Diamond on the chorus, pumping their fists and shouting, "So good, so good, so good!"
Aersomith frontman (and Bostonian himself) Tyler took the field during the 7th inning stretch to sing "God Bless America," joined by his daughter, Chelsea. The most eyebrow-raising appearance of the night, though, came from Compton, California's own Dr. Dre, who was there to unveil his new Red Sox-themed "Beats by Dr. Dre" headphones but ended up delivering much bigger news.
With Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine at his side, the superproducer/rap mogul leaked word of his new song called "Under Pressure," rumored to be the first single from his oft-delayed album, "Detox." When Iovine was asked what he'd use as at-bat song if he were playing baseball, he said, "The new song Dre has in his pocket, called 'Under Pressure' -- it's a brand new single by Dr. Dre and Jay-Z." Dre co-signed the pick: "Absolutely, that would be it," he laughed. " 'Under Pressure.' It's so fitting."
Will the world finally hear a new Dr. Dre single in 2010 -- one featuring Jay-Z, to boot? Stay tuned.