Sadly, there won’t be an appearance by the Beach Boys at the upcoming Kings-Ducks game at Dodger Stadium.
Now that would have been a master stroke in keeping with the SoCal theme. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter thought Neil Young would have been an especially inspired choice. Then again, Young is a San Jose Sharks season-ticket holder. Sutter, in fact, met him briefly back in the day when he coached the Sharks.
But the musical program for the Jan. 25 game was rounded out Wednesday when organizers announced that KISS will be joined by Jordin Sparks and John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting as featured performers, along with the USC Trojan Marching Band.
According to the release, the musical performances will take place on two field stages.
Those who follow the Kings closely are more than familiar with singer-songwriter Ondrasik, an avid fan. He has played at several major sporting events, including the chilly Heritage Classic between the Flames and Montreal in Calgary in 2011.
Ondrasik wrote an insightful column for Sports Illustrated’s website in November, presenting several arguments against fighting in hockey, and he also gave the amusing back story behind the name, Five for Fighting.
It all started as a quip, 16 years ago.
Wrote Ondrasik: "... a representative from my record company informed me that the male singer-songwriter was dead, so I had to either come up with a band name or attend my own musical funeral.
“Thanks to a Marty McSorley bout I had witnessed at a Kings game earlier that evening, I sarcastically suggested, “Five for Fighting.”