A few weeks ago we featured a video of 82-year-old hero John Hetlinger appearing on ‘America’s Got Talent‘ and busting out an insane version of Drowning Pool’s ‘Let The Bodies Hit The Floor’.
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Following on from the performance, Drowning Pool actually came out and said they would gladly allow John to join them on stage at a gig sometime. Most people probably thought that was a load of baloney and would never happen, but somehow they all figured it out and Hetlinger jumped up on stage over the weekend at the Chicago Open Air Festival.
Hell, Drowning Pool should have let him play the whole set – he’s probably the only reason they were even deemed relevant enough to be booked on the festival in the first place:
Wow, John really knows how to work the crowd huh? I guess the singer gave him some lessons there or something right? It’s a shame he comes in with the scream at the wrong point though, but hey I guess they didn’t have any chance to rehearse it or anything and Drowning Pool do this schtick every night. He pretty much killed it when the song came in though.
Here’s what Drowning Pool guitarist CJ Pierce had to say about the experience:
I picked up my phone and I got a handful of texts from a number of people because I guess it got out yesterday ahead of the airing.
We had a band group text on there as well, and then I watched it, and man, I am so entertained by it.
It’s awesome to just see an 82-year-old man get out there and just belt out some metal — whether it was our song or any song, it was just killer to see him do that.
Well, he sounds legitimately stoked and so he should I suppose – it really is a great feel good story and it must be great to enable someone to live out their dreams. For more live music shenanigans, check out this singer drop kicking someone off the stage who didn’t belong there.