Park your Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber pop culture references – we’re tuning the guitars up to 11 and kicking things up a notch. Ever wondered what a soccer team would look like as a 4-piece band? Sports and music aren’t so different when you stop to think about it.
They’re escapism outlets that allow us to let our hair down after a tough week at work. Every member has to do their part for the whole operation to work. And most importantly, they’re activities that fill stadiums!
Most EPL players consider themselves rockstars. They drive BMWs to training, go to VIP parties, appease sponsors at media events and live their life around putting on a show for the audience.
Football and music have forever been linked, particularly in the UK. During the 1960s Liverpool was the place to be alive. The Beatles ruled the airwaves and the club was a dominating force in European football. Fast forward to the 1990s and the Britpop scene saw the emergence of the Stone Roses and Oasis, dividing Manchester on blue and red territorial lines.
For the biggest bands on the planet – playing at Wembley is akin to an FA Cup final. From the Foo Fighters, Metallica, INXS and U2, musicians know they’re only as good as their last gig and they need to put in 110% for the grand occasion. Sure these guys don’t get to lift a trophy at the end, but the accolades and adrenaline rush will be enough to tell the grandkids long after they retire.
If your Premier League club happened to be a rock band, who exactly would they be?
21 Liverpool – Metallica
20 Watford – Eagles of Death Metal
19 Sunderland – Pulp
18 Norwich City – Beck
17 Southampton – Nine Inch Nails
16 Arsenal – Foo Fighters
15 Newcastle – INXS
14 Chelsea – Kings of Leon
13 Everton – Bruce Springsteen
12 Stoke City – Marilyn Manson
11 Crystal Palace – Queens of the Stone Age
10 West Ham – Arctic Monkeys
9 Tottenham Hotspur – David Bowie
8 Swansea City – Chvrches
7 Leicester City – Kasabian
6 Manchester City – Oasis
4 West Brom – Linkin Park
3 Aston Villa – Red Hot Chili Peppers
2 Bournemouth – Royal Blood
1 Manchester United – U2
Loved, hated, ridiculously successful, universally mocked. Chances are every global fan of an EPL club once considered supporting Manchester United in the 1990s, they were everywhere! Some fans concluded they still haven’t found what they were looking for. If you stuck around you were well rewarded, packing out stadiums around the world and dominating the scene for decades. The club and band have been led by a charismatic, egotistical leaders while striking up big deals with corporate sponsors (Chevron, Apple).
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