Rene Rancourt won't sing National Anthem at Winter Classic

DJ Bean
December 23, 2015 - 11:56 am

The NHL announced its musical schedule for the Winter Classic. As usual, it includes some not-so-relevant pop acts of yesteryear, but this year'€™s batch of performers does have one standout act. That person is not Rene Rancourt, as he is not a standout act will not be singing the National Anthem. Naturally, that has riled up Bruins fans, which is silly. Although the commendable 76-year-old still sings at Bruins games, he did not sing at the 2010 Winter Classic and the league and NBC are within their rights to opt against an anthem singer whose best performing days are decades behind him. "The Voice" winner Jordan Smith will be joined by musicians from the Boston Pops for the Star Spangled Banner. As for the aforementioned good performer, that would be former The Format frontman, (possibly former) fun. frontman and current solo artist Nate Ruess, who will perform after the first intermission. Best-known for his stuff with fun. and many Jeff Bhasker-blessed projects (fun.'€™s Some Nights album, Pink'€™s "€œJust Give Me a Reason,"€ among them), Ruess is not new to being the token musical guy at sporting events. Other performers at the 2016 Winter Classic (which takes place in 2016) include 2002 pop punk sensations Simple Plan and former Berklee students American Authors.