The Black Keys
Links between music and sport run deep, from Janet Jackson nipple-slips at the Super Bowl to Robbie Williams squeezing into a kit for a charity kickabout. Here are 20 artists who’ve got a little more seriously involved, starting with The Black Keys, sponsors of a Little League (that’s kids playing baseball) team in Akron, Ohio.
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UK metal legends Iron Maiden have a sporting pedigree that belies their greaser image, with guitarist Steve Harris a former West Ham triallist with a full-sized football pitch in his back garden and singer Bruce Dickinson a fencer of some renown. At one stage Dickinson’s swordsmanship saw him ranked 7th in the entire country.
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Sir Elton John
Sir Elton John has, of course, had a long association with Watford Football Club. He became chairman of the club in 1976, presiding over the vertiginous rise through the league that eventually saw them finishing second in the top division in 1983. He’s now Honorary Life President.
No one quite knows what the blazes was going on in 2002 when Michael Jackson – aided by his pal, um, Uri Geller – became an honorary director of Exeter City FC, but there it is. Magician David Blaine turned up to the big day and Jacko announced, “We come here to support children with Aids”. So, again, there it is.