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Chicago Symphony performs Blackhawks anthem, ‘Chelsea Dagger’ (video)


(image via NBC Chicago)

Anyone who has watched the Chicago Blackhawks play at home has become invariably familiar with the arena’s practice of playing the song “Chelsea Dagger” by the Fratellis over the several seasons.

In tribute to what has turned into the de facto anthem of the team, as well as a tried-and-true method of pumping up the raucous crowds inside United Center via song, the Chicago Symphony did a performance of their own of “Chelsea Dagger” on Wednesday.

The Blackhawks have at least one game remaining at United Center, Game 5 on Friday, perhaps another if the Stanley Cup Finals goes all seven games. Perhaps the crowd can be delighted by the below performance being played on the jumbotron (video via the Chicago Sun-Times):

Via NBC Chicago:

Music director Riccardo Muti donned the No. 19 sweater of Blackhawks’ captain Jonathan Toews for the performance.

The performance was recorded and will be given to the team, according to a CSO news release.

“They are a world-class hockey team, and we hope this recording demonstrates our support of them and their desire to bring the Stanley Cup back to this great city,” Muti said in a statement.

Cool stuff. If only the Blackhawks had chosen a celebratory song that was, you know, good and stuff.

Oh, I kid, I kid. “Chelsea Dagger’ is the finest “Jock Jam” to come along since Gary Glitter’s “Rock & Roll (Part Two).” Let’s hope the Fratellis’ post-Jack Jam career goes better than Glitter’s. But that’s an obvious statement for obvious reasons.