Boston natives the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, best known for their high-octane blend of ska, punk, metal and funk, will debut their video for the new single, "So Sad to Say" (RealAudio excerpt), on the wide screen at Boston's Fenway Park on Tuesday (April 11).
The game is the season opener for the Boston Red Sox, who'll be facing the Minnesota Twins. "So Sad to Say" is the first single off the Bosstones' upcoming disc, Pay Attention. The LP, the sixth studio album from the band, is due May 2.
The Bosstones pitched the idea to the Red Sox last month, and the band's label, Island/Def Jam, announced on Monday that they'd received the go-ahead. Dicky Barrett, the Bosstones' growling singer, and other members will be on hand to introduce the video, which will air before the opening pitch. The video was directed by Marcus Nispel, who is known for his work with Bush and the Spice Girls.
Barrett is a huge baseball fan. He coaches a Little League team in Boston and reportedly is no slouch with a bat. The singer, who is usually seen sporting a suit, has made comments to media outlets recently about his plans to wear a Red Sox uniform throughout the summer. Barrett waxes poetic about his love of the sport on the Bosstones' Web site, reminiscing about "growing up in the shadow of Fenway Pahk" and "the smell of freshly clipped grass mixed with the sweet aroma of stale beer."
Following Opening Day, the Bosstones will gear up for a tour that starts in Gorham, Maine, on Friday. After a short string of U.S. dates, the band will return to Boston to play the home of the New England Patriots, Foxboro Stadium, on May 27, before departing for Europe. In July, the band hits another Beantown sports venue, the Suffolk Downs race track, when they return home as part of the Vans Warped Tour, which kicks off June 24.
Barrett assured sports fans that he won't be singing the national anthem at the Red Sox opener. "It's out of my range," he said.