With a new NFL season beginning last night, a slew of musicians — including Kid Rock and Bon Jovi — were commissioned to provide entertainment prior to the opening kickoff of the Saints-Packers game. To commemorate Sunday’s ten-year anniversary of the September 11 tragedies, a patriotic theme was brought several of the performances.
Video: “Born Free,” Kid Rock
The pre-kickoff festivities were held outside Green Bay’s Lambeau Field, with tens of thousands of fans flocking to the free performance.
Video: “Star-Spangled Banner,” Jordan Sparks
Kid Rock, the “All Summer Long” rocker and avid Detroit Lions fan, provided a patriotic interpretation of his 2010 single, “Born Free.” Maroon 5 and Lady Antebellum joined the stadium rock stalwart, along with “American Idol” alum and “Battlefield” singer Jordin Sparks, who performed the national anthem. Lady Antebellum performed recent single “Just a Kiss,” while Adam Levine and company selected their recent No. 1, “Moves Like Jagger.”
Video: “Moves Like Jagger,” Maroon 5
Bon Jovi closed the event, with a rendition of “America the Beautiful” filmed at a New York City firehouse (Engine 8, Ladder 2, Battalion 8), recreating the performance the band made ten years ago, following 9/11.