On Tuesday, PHT mostly survived a lack of knowledge of what the kids listen to these days (still unsure if Carly Rae Jepsen deserved main image treatment over Nick Jonas) in mentioning some of the huge names involved in some form in 2017 NHL All-Star weekend performances. (Watch Sunday, 3:30 pm ET on NBC and the NBC Sports app)
Tonight’s slew of surprisingly big names is more eclectic, and luckily for fogies, easier to connect to dopey, dated references.
One of the highlights is Snoop Dogg, who was going to prompt a “Is he still called Snoop Dogg?” until you read more of the NHL press release, which notes that DJ Snoopadelic will be “behind the turntables” to open Saturday’s skills competition.
Whatever genre of music you stream/play on records/inexplicably enjoy via cassettes, you have to admit that it’s funny and surreal to see “Gin and Juice” mentioned in an official release from the NHL. Here’s a portion of that bio:
Since 1993, he has released fourteen albums and collaborated with artists across all genres of music. Snoop defines hip-hop history. He’s set records with his seminal album Doggystyle, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and sold over 800,000 copies in the first week. Throughout his career, Snoop’s produced chart-topping hits including “Gin & Juice,” “Who Am I? (What’s My Name?),” “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang,” “Next Episode,” “Beautiful,” “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” “Signs,” “Sensual Seduction” and “I Wanna Rock.”
(Kind of disappointing that they didn’t mention that time Snoop wore a Pittsburgh Penguins jersey in a video, but you can’t win ’em all.)
Snoop isn’t the only name that stands out from Wednesday’s batch of news.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that Michael J. Fox, Keanu Reeves, Al Michaels and Alex Trebek will be presenters during “NHL 100,” which we’ll count as part of the All-Star weekend for simplicity’s sake. With Jon Hamm as the host and plenty of other performers, it feels like there’s something for just about everyone.
Bonus points if someone can convince Trebek to host a round of “Celebrity Jeopardy.”