82-year-old former aerospace engineer covers heavy metal song 'Bodies' on America's Got Talent
John Hetlinger gave one of the biggest crowd-pleasing auditions in the show's history
John Hetlinger's eyebrow-raising audition on the US talent-finding show delighted the studio audience and shocked the judging panel, which included Simon Cowell and former Spice Girl Mel B. His unusual choice of song, which was released back in May 2001 and remains the Dallas band's biggest hit to date, elicited massive cheers from the audience and looks of amazement across the panel.
A clip of Hetlinger's audition has quickly gathered pace online and looks set to become a viral sensation. Watch the performance below.
While Hetlinger's reasoning for covering the song is not yet known (although it is believed that he passed through to the next stage of the competition), Loudwire spoke to the band's guitarist CJ Pierce about the viral attention that the audition has received.
" I am so entertained by it. It’s awesome to just see an 82-year-old man get out there and just belt out some metal — whether it was our song or any song, it was just killer to see him do that," Pierce said, before hinting at a future on-stage collaboration. "Obviously he had a great time with the song and we have a great time with the song every night so it would be awesome to have him onstage with us."
Drowning Pool have further endorsed the former Navy pilot's rendition of their song, tweeting their approval yesterday.
Shout out to the 82 year old dude that sang 'Bodies' on America's Got Talent. You are welcome to join us on stage anytime !!!— Drowning Pool (@DrowningPool) June 8, 2016
Hetlinger replied promptly, saying "I am ready."
@DrowningPool I am ready! It would be incredible to be your guest at a concert! What a blast! Thanks!— John Hetlinger (@JHetlinger) June 9, 2016
@JHetlinger awesome bro!!! Let's make it happen !— Drowning Pool (@DrowningPool) June 9, 2016