Mark Stuart, drafted 21st overall by the Bruins in 2003, is in his third NHL season. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
Having the TD Banknorth Garden as our home rink definitely has its perks. In addition to being a great arena to play in, there are a lot of concerts and shows that come through and we sometimes go to when we are in town during off-days.
I had the chance to attend two concerts recently, which were quite different, but both entertaining: Madonna and AC/DC.
Now, before you go making fun of me for attending a Madonna concert and blogging about it, you have to understand that she is known for putting on a great live show. And whether you are a diehard Madonna fan or only know a few of her hits (for the record, I fit into the second category), you can appreciate a good entertainer and a good show when you see one. You have to give her credit. She has been a trendsetter from the start of her career and I think she definitely lived up to her reputation and put on a pretty entertaining set in Boston.
While I admit I enjoyed the Madonna concert, AC/DC was a little more up my alley. We had a bigger crew from the team attend this show: Dennis Wideman, Michael Ryder, Shane Hnidy, Milan Lucic, Marco Sturm, Petteri Nokelainen and Aaron Ward were all in the house.
The band played all their hits…“Hells Bells,” “Thunderstruck,” “You Shook Me,” “TNT” and “Highway to Hell.” Everyone knows all of those songs and it was great hearing them live. AC/DC is a band you hear all the time in arenas before sporting events to get the crowd going and we listen to them before games to get ready.
While I like AC/DC my favorite band is Pearl Jam. I’ve seen them live five times and they always put on an unbelievable show. I’ve been a fan for a long time now. I remember when I was younger and my brother got their first album, Ten. I immediately got hooked. Been a fan ever since.
Music is a big part of our pre-game preparation and we’ll hear some AC/DC and Pearl Jam every now and then. Marc Savard is the guy in charge of the iPod on game days and he does a pretty good job of keeping everyone happy.
When you have 25 guys, each with their own tastes in music, it can be a tough task pleasing everybody but ‘Savvy’ does well. This year he’s been mixing it up with everything from T.I., to Metallica, to Rihanna to even some techno for the Euros.
I think he’s doing a much better job than last year when – believe it or not – he included a few Britney Spears songs. Let’s just say the team collectively decided to suspend his DJ privileges for a while after that.
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Mark Stuart is a defenseman in his fourth season with the Boston Bruins. A native of Rochester, Minn., Stuart was drafted out of Colorado College by the Bruins in 2003 (21st overall) and joined the club for the 2005-06 campaign.