The Vegas Golden Knights are known for their extravagant introductions ahead of playoff contests, stepping the game with live performances, bands and circus acts before puck drop. Lil John performed outside of T-Mobile Arena before Game 1, while the Las Vegas-based rock band Imagine Dragons sang “Whatever It Takes” on the ice before the national anthem at Game 2.
Well, they are not alone anymore. The Washington Capitals want to offer their fans something entertaining as well before the start of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final on Saturday night.
The National Hockey League has just announced that "Grammy award-winning artists Sting and Shaggy will perform on the steps of the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on G Street in Washington, D.C. at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday."
"Portions of Sting and Shaggy's performance will air during the live game broadcast on NBCSN in the U.S. and on CBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada."
It was also revealed that Caps fan and Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak will announce the starting lineups for Game 3, similar to how famous ring announcer Michael Buffer did before Game 1 in Las Vegas.
Here is more information, directly from the NHL's webpage, on the performance and what to expect from the two artists ahead of the third game of the championship:
"Sting and Shaggy recently released an island-inspired collaborative album 44/876 on Cherrytree/A&M/Interscope Records. In creating 44/876, Sting and Shaggy drew from the many surprising connections at the heart of their music. With its title referencing their home country codes, 44/876 first and foremost honors the duo's love for Jamaica: Shaggy's homeland, and the place where Sting penned such classics as The Police's "Every Breath You Take."
The album's lead single, "Don't Make Me Wait," debuted at no. 1 on Billboard's digital reggae singles chart.44/876: The Remixes was also recently released and features an album's worth of song remixes from their album by a diverse range of artists including Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend, the Brazilian duo Tropkillaz, Cherry Cherry Boom Boom (Madonna, Lady Gaga) and Grammy-award winning producer Dave Audé, among others.
Sting and Shaggy will take their collaboration on the road this summer when the two iconic artists embark on a European tour of various historic venues, performing their most celebrated hits as well as songs off their new album together, followed by a North American tour in the fall."