"I hope you know this song. Are you ready? Here we go!"
Tony Hawk and Goldfinger made skate-punk kids' dreams come true over the weekend by performing Superman, the ska band's hit single popularised through the original Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video game soundtrack. View the performance below.
Playing a show at the House Of Blues in Anaheim, California, Goldfinger vocalist John Feldmann invited Hawk to the stage, referring to the famous skateboarder as "Mr Tony Fucking Hawk". The band fired on all cylinders, ripping straight into Superman; as Hawk was still gaining his bearings, he quipped, "I hope you know this song. Are you ready? Here we go."
While Tony Hawk is no singer, the gig would've meant a lot to Goldfinger. In an interview with Loudwire, Feldmann told the publication how being on the Pro Skater video game changed the band members' lives, adding, "Pro Skater was the game that people had where it was the soundtrack to their lives."
Before leaving the stage, Hawk said about the performance, "That song has defined our video game series for decades. It’s been an honour to finally join these guys."
As shared by Consequence Of Sound, reader Eric Girard mentioned that Hawk challenged the audience to "do a kickflip!"
In the previously mentioned Loudwire interview, Feldmann said about the game's impact:
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They were so involved in playing this game, and you’d be in one room and that would be the only song that was playing in that room as you played.
I really didn’t know how much Tony Hawk helped our band with that song until we were on tour in England. We were touring with Bloodhound Gang and supporting them as they had this huge hit at the time in Germany, so we played with them in England and all of a sudden when we played “Superman,” everyone went ballistic. It was the biggest circle pit of the entire night. There was no moment in Bloodhound Gang’s set or our set that surpassed what happened with that song. I was like, “What the fuck is happening with this song?” But I put two and two together and realized that Pro Skater had globally just become this huge hit of a video game.
Everyone was listening to punk rock and the whole skate community was playing this game and it became this thing that was much bigger than anyone could have imagined. I was asked if it was okay to put this song in the video game and I was like, “Fuck yes it is. Tony Hawk’s a legend.” But I had no idea it was going to be that big of a deal until we were on tour in England and all that came together.