Ahead of Game Two of the Stanley Cup Final, Imagine Dragons performed as part of Vegas’ pregame show. The band, who originally hail from Las Vegas, showed support for their home town team by playing the Capitals’ 2017-18 hype song, “Whatever it Takes.”
Following Imagine Dragons endorsement of the Golden Knights, including frontman Dan Reynolds rocking a Marc-André Fleury jersey, WRNR 103.1 FM have decided to boycott the band for the remainder of the playoffs, and possibly beyond.
Capitals PA announcer Wes Johnson shared a press release from WRNR 103.1 FM, where the station’s program director, Bob Waugh, said, “The band’s blatant and disgusting embrace of the Vegas Golden Knights will not be tolerated.”
Waugh added that “lead singer Dan Reynolds’ capri-style pants, combined with a (Knights goaltender Marc-André) Fleury jersey crossed a line in fashion that was ‘not only offensive, but representative of the kind of artistic choice that reveals a true lack of talent and vision.”
The boycott of Imagine Dragons went further than just the Maryland based alternative rock station. According to The Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan, the Capitals have also removed Imagine Dragons from the pregame playlist.
lol Caps are done with Imagine Dragons as their pregame music.
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) June 3, 2018
That might prove disappointing for Belle and Benjamin Holtby, who used the song to get hyped up ahead of Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Final.
Oh look, they’re playing our hype song for us ☺️ pic.twitter.com/nVZGZuuCiX
— Brandi Holtby (@bbholtby) May 31, 2018
At least we still have Fall Out Boy.
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