The music of Bon Jovi is powerful.
Whenever a tune by the iconic rock band is heard and Jon Bon Jovi’s vocals enter one’s body, people have the tendency to be taken over and forget what they are doing. The latest victim was Ken Daneyko, a colour analyst for MSG’s broadcasts of New Jersey Devils games.
Late in Saturday afternoon’s tilt against the Vancouver Canucks, a timeout was called in the late stages of the third period with New Jersey up 1-0. It was at that moment the staff at Prudential Center decided to play ‘Livin’ on a Prayer,’ debatably Bon Jovi’s greatest artistic achievement.
It was a deadly combination: one of the easiest songs to sing along to in rock history by a local band and a broadcaster that spent two decades playing for the Devils with a live microphone near his face.
The result was glorious.
Overtaken by the tune, Daneyko seemed to completely forget that he was in the midst of commentating a very close game and gave the audience at home a few bars. That’s not the best part, though. The three-time Stanley Cup winner wasn’t even singing the correct lyrics!
He belts out “we’ve got to hold on to what we got” when Mr. Bon Jovi is actually singing the bridge (“oh, we got to hold on, ready or not, you live for the fight when it’s all that you got). In fairness, that curveball is a common stumbling block that I’ve seen tripped over multiple times during outings at karaoke bars.
Sadly for those watching, Daneyko stopped his performance before the song jumps up a notch shortly thereafter. I think we all would have loved to hear him go for that note.
For those that maybe didn’t believe what they were hearing, the 57-year-old had some fun on Twitter with the messages he was getting about his lighthearted gaffe.
Haha by a country mile pal I know it! https://t.co/Go6LyXgw4p— Ken Daneyko (@KenDaneykoMSG) October 19, 2019
Daneyko’s son — Shane — has a little more musical talent than his father and even sang the national anthem before a Devils game in the past.
After a quick inspection of Shane’s profile on Instagram, though, we should have known that Ken would eventually sing on live television. As well as Bon Jovi, Mr. Devil also loves himself some Prince.
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