Los Angeles, CA-based hard rock quartet Dirty Honey has shared a cover of Prince‘s “Let’s Go Crazy”. The group recorded the track as promotional material for the NHL Winter Classic on TNT, an outdoor professional hockey game that takes place annually on New Year’s Day.
This year’s Winter Classic saw the St. Louis Blues take on the Minnesota Wild at Minneapolis’ Target Field for the coldest game on record at -7 degrees. It was only fitting that Dirty Honey covered the most prolific Minnesota artist for the occasion, despite hailing from the warm confines of sunny L.A. County. Filmed from one of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes on a makeshift hockey rink—a sight familiar to many who spent their childhood handling the stick and puck—the band made this Purple Rain cut its own. Vocalist Marc LaBelle delivered passionate vocals over John Notto‘s distorted guitar, adding a heavier rock feel to the funk classic.
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“I found out about Dirty Honey through former NHL player Scottie Upshall and have been a fan of the band ever since,” said Turner Sports’ Tyler Lassiter, who directed the video alongside Craig Murray. “I had read that [vocalist] Marc LaBelle was a big hockey guy, and as soon as we landed the NHL deal on TNT earlier this year, my first thought was that we would do something with these guys at some point.”
He continued, “When we came up with this concept, all the stars seemed to align. We needed a band who could faithfully pull off a legit Prince cover as well as one passionate enough to agree to shoot on a frozen lake in northern Minnesota in mid-December. The boys crushed it.”
Check out the NHL Winter Classic promotional video of “Let’s Go Crazy” below, as well as the studio recording, which Dirty Honey recorded at NRG Studios in Los Angeles.
Dirty Honey – “Let’s Go Crazy” NHL on TNT Winter Classic Promotional Video
Dirty Honey – “Let’s Go Crazy”