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Bengals respond to backlash for Katy Perry's roar

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Bengals fans complained about Katy Perry's music at an NFL game. The team listened.

Mark Thompson

While attending a Cincinnati Cyclones game when I was 13 or 14 years old, during a break in the game, the song Achy Breaky Heart from Billy Ray Cyrus blared through the speakers. Jeers were shouted, and some objects were thrown on the ice.

We're hockey fans; not quite the crowd that would listen to Billy Ray Cyrus.

The Cincinnati Bengals made the same mistake, featuring a song that doesn't necessarily identify with the people watching the game. During Monday Night Football, the team played Katy Perry's "Roar" throughout the evening, which has drawn a somewhat negative reaction (aka, for the love of humanity, they're playing Katy Perry at an NFL game!!)

The team listened to the complaints.

"I think some fans proved that there's an expectation that when the team takes the field, there should be more of a hard-rock, classic-rock song and I know that's what we're going to do this game," said Jeff Berding, the Bengals' director of sales and public affairs.. "Katy Perry is not going to be the last song you hear before the team takes the field."

Fans react.

I'll say this again. Welcome to the Jungle is one of the best songs, but we're not opposed to change. Maybe it's all of the years as an WEBN fan. But how cool would it be for the defense to be introduced to Pantera's Walk, or Metallica's For Whom The Bell Tolls?

(now I'm regretting my first Billy Ray Cyrus mention in the seven-year history of Cincy Jungle)