Funk legend Bootsy Collins will take the stage Sunday (Jan. 15) night to cheer on the Cincinnati Bengals for a halftime performance during his hometown team’s battle with the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the NFL playoffs.
Marking the funketeer’s first live performance since 2019, the intermission will feature a debut of his new track, “The Ickey Shuffle.” The jump song is a tribute to legendary Bengals running back Ickey Woods — a late 1980s-early 1990s fan favorite known for the end zone dance of the same name — and features Collins’ song, Ouiwey Collins, on vocals and is accompanied by a high-energy video starring Woods, the Ben-Gals leader and some digital tigers.
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Collins will sing the halftime anthem for the game beginning on NBC at 8:15 p.m. ET, with members from nearby Dayton, Ohio’s The Ohio Players (“Fire,” “Love Rollercoaster”) joining the jam; The concert was originally scheduled for the infamous Jan. 2 game between the Bengals and the Buffalo Bills, when quarterback Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field after suffering a heart attack.
“We were ready to play the Bengals Who-Dey Baby, and nothing was right and everything turned into chaos,” Collins said in a statement. “I immediately started looking in the mirror in my dressing room and saw that handsome man on the floor. My wife Patti immediately looked at me and I said ‘Patti, God is trying to tell us that we all need to be in the Now’ and she agreed. Bless that young man.” Collins will also play the Bengals’ anthem “Fear Da Tiger” during halftime.
Bengals fans are invited to create their own hybrid, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Jovante Woods Foundation in honor of Ickey and Chandra Woods’ 16-year-old son, Jovante, who died in 2010 of complications. from asthma.
Before Woods takes the stage, the game will open with a performance of the national anthem by a member of the Stranger Things family. The Bengals announced that Aidan Fisher, the double guitarist for Joseph Quinn’s Metallica-shredding character Eddie Munson, will destroy the Anthem to start the wild card game that marks the third battle between the Ravens and Bengals this season and following up on Cincinnati’s win last week.
Watch the video for “Ickey Shuffle” below.
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