NEW YORK – Raleigh native Clay Aiken, multi-platinum selling rock band 3 Doors Down and the vocal quartet Canadian Tenors will perform at the 58th NHL® All-Star Game presented by Discover on Sunday, Jan. 30 in Raleigh, N.C. (4 p.m. ET, CBC, RDS, VERSUS, NHL Radio™), the NHL announced today. Aiken and the Canadian Tenors will perform the U.S. and Canadian national anthems, respectively, prior to the start of the game. 3 Doors Down will perform in the first intermission. The second intermission will feature a special on-ice presentation of all 30 superhero characters - each representing an NHL team - from The Guardian Project™.
As part of the pre-game festivities, the NHL will salute U.S. Cpt. Darin Sweet, a U.S. Army Reserve Soldier Hero and recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star with Valor. Cpt. Sweet is assigned to the U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (USACAPOC) at Fort Bragg, N.C.
Clay Aiken – U.S. national anthem
Clay Aiken, born and raised in Raleigh and a fan of his hometown Carolina Hurricanes, will perform the U.S. anthem. He launched his career on American Idol in 2003, winning over millions of viewers with his phenomenal voice and down-home charm. Aiken's debut album, Measure of A Man (RCA) featured hits "Invisible" and "This is the Night," and has sold more than six million copies worldwide and has earned double-platinum status. He followed that up with the 2004's platinum holiday CD Merry Christmas With Love (RCA), 2006's gold-certified A Thousand Different Ways (RCA), and 2008's On My Way Here (RCA) — all of which debuted in the Top 5 on the Billboard chart. In 2009, he released his fifth studio album Tried and True (Decca), a showcase of Aiken's powerful tenor voice and considerable interpretive gifts.
In addition, Aiken has launched nine live tours, made the New York Times best-seller list by co-authoring the inspirational memoir Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music In Your Life, executive produced and starred in his first TV special, A Clay Aiken Christmas, and has won several American Music and Billboard Music Awards.
Aiken's tour to promote Tried and True will open in Miami on February 10.
Canadian Tenors – Canadian national anthem
The Canadian Tenors' music is an exciting blend of classical and contemporary pop that is thrilling audiences of all ages around the world. The vocal quartet has sold out shows from Africa to Asia and from North America to Europe, including a stop on The Oprah Winfrey Show and performances for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and President Barack Obama. The Tenors have shared the stage with Elton John, David Foster, and Celine Dion and have performed hits from their two platinum selling albums, The Canadian Tenors (Universal / Decca) and The Perfect Gift (Universal / Decca), at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Olympics and the G20 Summit in Toronto. The Canadian Tenors will record a new album this year.
3 Doors Down – first intermission
Since forming in 1995, the Mississippi rock quintet, 3 Doors Down, has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide, generated seven No.1 hits and has consistently headlined sold-out tours throughout North America. The band has been celebrated within the music community with multiple Grammy nominations and Billboard Awards, numerous American Music Awards, a Blockbuster Award, and multiple BMI Awards including the coveted "Songwriter of the Year."
The band's 2005 release, Seventeen Days (Universal), was its first to debut at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Albums chart. The fourth studio album, 3 Doors Down, is the band's second release to debut at No. 1, as well as its fourth album to reach the Top Ten, and includes the No. 1 Top 40 and No. 1 Mainstream Rock track "It's Not My Time." The band recently claimed three spots on Billboard Magazine's 'End of the Decade' list including the No. 1 mainstream rock track of the decade with the NASA anthem "Kryptonite," followed by "When I'm Gone" at No. 3 and "Loser," from the band's 6 million selling debut album, The Better Life (Universal) coming in at No. 6.
The band's title track from its upcoming fifth studio album, Time of My Life, is currently featured in All-Star Weekend highlight reels.
Unveiling of All 30 Guardian Superhero Characters – second intermission
All 30 superhero characters from The Guardian Project™, each representing an NHL team, will come to life in a special on-ice presentation during the second intermission. Fans in attendance at the RBC Center will get a glimpse of each of the 30 Guardians' individual powers and collective force when all 30 unite for the first time. The unveiling, which will be released in the form of a theatrical style short, will be carried live on VERSUS in the U.S. and CBC and RDS in Canada as part of the broadcast of the NHL All-Star Game (4 pm ET).
The Guardian Project is the latest superhero franchise from Stan Lee, the creative mind behind Spider-Man®, The Incredible Hulk®, X-Men®, The Fantastic Four® and Iron Man® among many others. Created and developed by Lee and Tony Chargin, Executive Vice President of Creative Affairs for Guardian Media Entertainment (GME), and Jake Shapiro, each Guardian superhero character was created from its corresponding NHL team, complete with special powers representative of each team and city.
All 30 superhero characters are being introduced individually in 2-D animation throughout January as part of the Guardian 30 Match-Up – a Facebook application that enables fans to determine the order in which each team's Guardian is unveiled. The campaign, which began December 20, provides a daily spotlight on a different team's Guardian and lays the groundwork for the storyline introduction during the NHL All-Star Weekend.
GME is a partnership between the NHL and SLG Entertainment, LLC, led by Stan Lee (Chairman, POW! Entertainment, LLC). GME will serve as the company responsible for the creation, development and exploitation of The Guardian Project.
2011 NHL All-Star Weekend
The 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover will mark the first time Carolina has hosted NHL All-Star activities. The excitement begins on Friday, Jan. 28 with the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco and televised live nationwide on TSN in Canada and VERSUS in the U.S. at 8 p.m. ET from NHL Fan Fair™ at the Raleigh Convention Center. On Saturday, Jan. 29, the players will take the ice in the Honda NHL SuperSkills® at the RBC Center. The League's mid-season spectacular concludes with the 58th NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover at the RBC Center on Sunday, Jan. 30. Live television coverage of both nights will be provided by VERSUS in the U.S. and CBC and RDS in Canada, with the Honda SuperSkills® at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday and the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday. Fans in Raleigh are encouraged to take part in the festivities at NHL Fan Fair™, a three-day fan festival at the Raleigh Convention Center, January 28-30.