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July 13, 2006

World Cup a cappella

New Musical Express (UK):

Viva Italia, viva the White Stripes ! Italian soccer fans have adopted the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" as the country's national anthem in the wake of their rousing World Cup victory, with a reported 500,000 fans flooding the streets and singing the song's imitable guitar riff following the win. For the record, lead Stripe Jack White couldn't be prouder. "I am honored that the Italians have adopted this song as their own. Nothing is more beautiful in music than when people embrace a melody and allow it to enter the pantheon of folk music," White tells NME. Meanwhile, Marco Materazzi and Alessandro Del Piero , two members of Italy's winning soccer squad, jumped on stage with the Rolling Stones in Milan on Tuesday, and led the crowd of 70,000 through an a capella rendition of "Seven Nation Army." Materazzi and Del Piero substituted the song's original lyrics for "we are the champions," in Italian, even further disorienting a just-back-from-brain-surgery Keith Richards.

Posted by acapnews at July 13, 2006 9:44 PM