CBS Sports, home of Super Bowl XLVII, Queen and Helmut VonLichten have teamed to re-mix the iconic rock classic “We Will Rock You” with THE NFL ON CBS’s theme music to create a new anthem that will be featured in the opening main tease and throughout the Network’s game coverage of Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, Feb. 3 (6:00 PM, ET).
VonLichten and Brian May of Queen collaborated to create We Will Rock You VonLichten, an epic orchestral mash-up of Queen’s “We Will Rock You” and THE NFL ON CBS’s theme music, “Posthumus Zone.”
“I grew up playing ‘air guitar’ to We Will Rock You and pretending to throw the winning long-bomb pass on Super Bowl Sunday,” says composer VonLichten. “Now I’m opening Super Bowl XLVII with Queen. Can life get any better?”
We Will Rock You VonLichten, the philharmonic homage to Queen’s classic anthem, is a true collaborative masterpiece crafted when two creative musical forces collide in the studio. Recorded amid a backdrop of a full orchestra, VonLichten was given rare access to the original master tapes of Freddie Mercury‘s vocals, and of course the iconic stomps. The sessions included May re-recording his legendary guitar parts. “Imagine blazing away on a scoring stage with Freddie, Brian and a 100-piece symphony? That’s a jam session to end all jam sessions.” The digital version is available today via iTunes.
VonLichten has had a long-standing relationship with CBS writing themes for such programs as COLD CASE, THE NFL TODAY and the U.S. OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS. In 2010, VonLichten collaborated with Jay-Z for the opening tease of CBS’s Super Bowl XLIV coverage with a monumental mash-up, “Run This Town – Posthumus Zone.”
Sean McManus is Chairman, CBS Sports, and serves as Executive Producer of CBS Sports’ coverage of THE NFL ON CBS. Harold Bryant is Executive Producer and Vice President, Production, CBS Sports. Pete Radovich, Jr. is Creative Director, CBS Sports.
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January 31, 2013
CBS SPORTS, THE REBIRTH BRASS BAND AND HELMUT VONLICHTEN TEAM TO JAZZ UP
CBS TELEVISON NETWORK’S COVERAGE OF SUPER BOWL XLVII ON FEBRUARY 3
New Orleans Band’s Music Also to Be Used by CBS Sports Network and CBSSports.com
During Super Bowl Week Coverage
CBS Sports, home of Super Bowl XLVII, local New Orleans institution The Rebirth Brass Band and Helmut VonLichten also have teamed together to jazz up the CBS Television Network’s coverage of Super Bowl XLVII.
Taking the iconic melody of the theme music of THE NFL ON CBS, the 2012 Grammy Award-winning Rebirth Brass Band added its signature touch of heavy funk to record and create new music to be featured in various bumpers, billboards and animation beds throughout the day of CBS Sports’ coverage of Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, Feb. 3.
Upon recording the music in New Orleans, VonLichten from ES Posthumus remixed the track to embrace Rebirth’s style of upholding the tradition of brass bands while at the same time incorporating THE NFL ON CBS theme.
In addition, CBS Sports Network is using the track for their shows SUPER BOWL LIVE and INSIDE THE SUPER BOWL throughout its coverage during Super Bowl week. And, CBSSports.com is using it for their EYE ON FOOTBALL LIVE AT JACKSON SQUARE packaging and other shows.
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