Baseball Rocks: 2012 World Series Has The Who, Aretha, In Its Lineup

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Aretha Franklin has been a headlining act for decades, but she’s going to be the “opening act” during game 5 of the 2012 World Series on Monday night (if the series extends to five games) with her rendition of The National Anthem as the Detroit Tigers go head-to-head with the San Francisco Giants at Comerica Park. This isn’t the first time Aretha has sang for the Tigers. Last year, the Detroit native opened game 3 of the American League Championship Series as the Tigers took on the Texas Rangers.

So far the World Series has had a great line up of national anthem singers: American Idol winner Phillip Phillips sang at game 1 in San Francisco and Broadway performer Matthew Morrison did the honors at game 2, also in San Francisco. Still to come: actress/singer Zooey Deschanel at game 3 in Detroit and Demi Lovato at game 4 in Detroit.  No one has been announced yet for games 6 and 7 (should they be necessary).

While the series is in full swing, songs by The Who can be heard blasting from the stadium speakers. The Spirit Music Group (who also handle license the song catalogs of Lou Reed and T. Rex, among other) set a deal with FOX Sports to feature the band’s music as the soundtrack for the overall series, used during games, promos and highlight shows. “Going Mobile,” “Behind Blue Eyes,” “I Can See For Miles,” “You Better You Bet,” “Amazing Journey” and “Bargain” have all been used so far. The Who will be on tour  tour starting in November, mostly playing songs from their Quadrophia album.

–Maria Bonello,WCBS-FM/NYC

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