Do you remember John Hetlinger? The 82-year-old retired Navy pilot and aerospace engineer became an overnight rock star after absolutely crushing a cover performance of Drowning Pool’s “Bodies” on America’s Got Talent. You can check out his rockin’ performance HERE.
His performance brought down the house and quickly became a viral sensation, grabbing the attention of many, including Drowning Pool, themselves. The band vowed to get Hetlinger to perform with them at one of their upcoming US shows.
In a recent interview, Drowning Pool guitarist C.J. Pierce had said, “We are going to get him onstage and get that on video. I want to get him on a big show. The Open Air Festival in Chicago would probably be a good one for him to be on. We’ll work it out.”
Well, The Open Air Festival in Chicago kicked off this Friday and, as promised, Hetlinger was there to live out one of his rock and roll dreams. Drowning Pool called Hetlinger out on stage to perform their hardcore hit “Bodies”. Hetlinger ramped up the crowd by asking, “Are you ready for a little more metal!? Now, what was that song?” The crowd excitedly responds by beginning to chant, “Bodies! Bodies! Bodies!!”
Drowing Pool lead singer, Jasen Moreno jumps in and says, “This is what we want to see: Me and John and Drowning Pool. We want to see your fists up high, throw your horns up high, throw your fingers up high, and repeat after me and John,” before busting into the song everyone was waiting to hear.
Check out some pictures from Drowning Pool’s social media below as well as a video shot by Annie Atlasman of AXS showing Hetlinger’s performance with the band! Rock on!
— Jose Mangin (@josemangin) July 15, 2016
— Drowning Pool (@DrowningPool) July 16, 2016
Source: Rolling Stone