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Puck Rock: Mike Green

Like many other people, I thought that Mike Green should have made the All-Star team this past weekend. Being featured in Puck Rock is, hopefully, a reasonable consolation as we get ready to gear back up for the season.

When Mike Green isn’t sending breakout passes to Alexander Ovechkin or running the show on the Washington power play, he can be found annoying his neighbors with his drums and guitar—not that that’s a bad thing. Would he like to be a rock star? From the looks of the Washington Capitals season-opening music video (featuring Green on drums; Ovechkin on vocals; Jose Theodore, Alex Semin, and Nicklas Backstrom on guitar; and Brooks Laich on bass; yes, that’s three guitar players), Green’s got the ability to keep a beat but still has to work on his rock-star aesthetic. Or as Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo’s Puck Daddy put it:

Defenseman Mike Green was on drums. He gave it his all ... but for the love of Bonham, someone get the guy a Tommy Lee video before the next shoot. It doesn’t matter if you keep the beat: We must have stick-twirling with the tongue out.

No worries, though. Green admits he’s still a bit, erm, green when it comes to the drums but that doesn’t dampen his aspirations to one day rock out with Seether. Check out the Q&A:

-Your Caps Cribs segment shows you playing your electric drum kit. Can you tell readers about your kit and how long you’ve been playing?

I got the kit my first year in Hershey and tried to learn but I haven’t gotten too far with it, as you might see in the video. But I still love to play.

(Mike’s note: Here’s the video. You think Green and Laich stay up late playing Rock Band together?)

-When you filmed the opening Capitals video, were you and Brooks Laich the only ones who could play their instruments or can Backstrom and Theodore rock too?

Theodore is the only other guy that can play. He’s pretty good too, both on guitar and drums.

(Mike’s note: Nate Ewell, the Caps media coordinator, mentioned that Theodore helped out a bunch of the guys and is a pretty darn good guitarist in his own right. We are “efforting” to see if Theodore would like to stop by for a chat.)

-Alex Ovechkin as a lead singer—one-hit wonder or rock legend?

One-hit wonder.

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-If you could drum for one band, what would it be?

Seether

-What song should they never play again at hockey arenas?

[couldn’t think of anything]

(Mike’s note: That’s kind of funny that Green was stumped. Other guys have instantly spit something out, my favorite being Sean Burke talking about how he hated Todd Rundgren.)

-What song would you love to see a team skate out to at the start of a game?

Seether: FMLYHM

(Mike’s note: I’m guessing that wouldn’t fly past the team’s PR folks. If you haven’t heard the song before, FMLYHM is an acronym. Here’s the song with the lyrics on screen. You’ll see what I mean. But Caps fans, picture your boys skating out to this.)

-Hit shuffle on your iPod. What’s the song that comes up?

Staind:Outside

-Best concert you ever went to and why?

Seether. Favorite band, and great live.

-What are your five desert island discs (best-of compilations and live albums acceptable)?

Too tough to narrow that down.

(Mike’s note: I’m guessing it’ll have Seether in it. Just a hunch.)

-You’ve just won the Stanley Cup. What song do you want put on the cheesy montage at the end of the TV broadcast?

Queen: We Are The Champions

(Mike’s note: All the players I’ve talked to so far have picked this one except for Derek Morris. But hey, how can you argue with this?)

 

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