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There's no 'Lady of Spain' in Cleary's playlist

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

Swedish DJ Tim Bergling, who is knock professionally as Avicii, released the hit song "Level" in 2011. His song is often played during pre-game warmups at JLA. (Courtesy of
Remember the scene from the movie “Slap Shot” when Paul Newman’s character Reg Dunlop races up the stairs and accosts the arena organist for playing “Lady of Spain”?

Clearly, that would never occur with any of the current Red Wings, right? Especially since the playlist is selected by one of their own.

Besides practices, team meetings, off-ice workouts, and receiving treatment for a bothersome knee, veteran forward Danny Cleary – as the team’s self-appointed Music Man – still manages to pick the songs played in the arena before and during games.

“We like to have good warm-up music, for sure. Some guys don’t even hear the music. I’m not one of those guys,” Cleary said. “I like how music fires you up and gets you going, and not only in warm-ups, but before the game and in timeouts and breaks. In Detroit we like the certain music that we play and at certain points in the game. I just love it.”

Ayron Sequeira and T Campbell, the DJ for the last 18 seasons at The Joe, are in charge of the in-arena entertainment during Wings’ home games. And getting Cleary’s input is just one aspect of their preparations.

“Dan is very specific and I actually appreciate that because it’s easy when somebody tells you what they like and what they want to hear,” said Sequeira, in her fourth season as executive producer of event entertainment for the NHL club.

A music aficionado with an eclectic taste, Cleary likes everything from alternative rock to hip-hop and techno, whether it’s Linkin Park, Foo Fighters, Riahanna, Jay Z, Avicii, Duncan and Outasight.

“He’s all over the place,” Sequeira said.

The entertainment tandem also has specific music picked out for each player after he scores. So who are the easiest and most difficult players to find music for?

“I know that Nicklas Lidstrom likes AC/DC and the Rolling Stones,” Sequeira said. “Pavel Datsyuk wanted some Pitbull then he wanted some other song. He’s changed his goal song the most out of any player and the one that he wants now is Kalinka, which is a Russian folk song.

“But the world is so small right now with music that it’s not terribly difficult to find songs, but there are times when T and I will be look at each other and be like, ‘What the heck is this one?’ ”

Pregame warm-ups are slated to last 15-minutes, which usually allows for 5-6 full-length songs a night. But with Cleary in control, playlist is always subject to change.

“We did one (list) at the beginning of the year and wanted to see how it would go,” Cleary said. “We obviously had a great home record so we would like to keep it going. We always change it for the playoffs and we’ve gone back to some older years, so I told her it’s up to her tonight. So there’s a lot of pressure on her.”
Fans at Game 4 can expect to hear the following songs during warm-ups at The Joe:

“Levels” by Avicii
“Infinity” by Guru Josh Project
“We Found Love” by Riahanna
“Good Feeling” by Flo Rida
“Tonight is the Night” by Outasight
“Light up the Sky” by Duncan

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