While a wide range of musicians have been heard lamenting how their music is being associated with political positions or promotional pitches, Kansas are pleased with their association with the All Elite Wrestling team, Elite.
Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks began making their AEW entrances last year backed by the band’s classic track “Go on wayward son,” as seen below. In a recent episode of Paltro castalso below, vocalist and keyboard player Ronnie Platt explained his feelings.
“That’s the original they’re using,” he said. “I saw that video where they walk out into the stadium and all the people are going crazy. Oh my God, it was so cool.”
“It’s just good for the band,” Platt continued. “It’s good promo and really introduces Kansas, even though the kids might not know who the band is or haven’t heard the song before. It’s really introducing young people to that music. So it’s all good. We call that job security.”
Wrestling media recently reported that the Young Bucks – Nick and Matt Jackson – had wanted to use “Carry On Wayward Son” for a long time, having been fans of the 1976 track for years. They had previously entered matches to the music in their formative years before arranging to use it in AEW competitions for the foreseeable future. It was also noted that despite the chorus’ lyrics, including “There will be peace when you are gone,” the use of the song was unrelated to a feud Bucks had developed with rival wrestler CM Punk.
AEW has purchased the rights to other songs for its wrestlers to use as well, such as “The Cult of Personality“by Vibrant color for CM Punk and “Where is my mind?“by Elves and “Jane“by Jefferson Starship for Orange Cassidy. (They were reportedly unable to get “The Final Countdown” off Europe for Bryan Danielson because of its high price.)
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