GE;TS (01.08): Van Halen – Right Now
By Charlie Goodrich Monday, 18 May 2009

“Good-Evil; The Soundtrack” is a weekly feature that showcases an editor’s song pick complete with a small write-up and a YouTube video or streaming version of the song. This week’s selection by Chuck is “Van Halen – Right Now”.


Van Halen – Right Now

On February 21, 2004 I went to see the Philadelphia Flyers play the Atlanta Thrashers in Philly. It was a heated game that had plenty of action. The game was tied four a piece when a penalty was called against the Thrashers with just over a minute left to play. As soon as the referee signaled there would be a penalty shot, the arena went nuts. Alexei Zhamnov began skating at center ice and it seemed like, in his first game as a Flyer, he would be taking the shot. Then the event that cemented this event in my memory happened. The sound system started playing “Right Now” by Van Halen. It seemed like the perfect song for this moment. Not only was the title apt but the song has a slow dramatic build before erupting with a powerful boom just like a penalty shot.

As the song played everyone was on their feet waiting for Zhamnov to begin his charge. Luckily, Zhamnov was a good shooter with an accurate shot. “Right Now” continued to play in the background adding to everyone’s anticipation. Zhamnov then skated back to the bench and Simon Gange made his way to center ice. Gange can score a lot of goals but he isn’t an accuate shooter. Many people let out a collective groan. The ref blew the whistle and Gange took off down the ice just as “Right Now” was reaching it’s closure. Right now was Gange’s time because he buried his shot in the top of the net. The arena went crazy and Gange was the hero of the night as the Flyers prevailed 5-4.

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will never forget that moment. It was the most exciting live game I have attended, and from that day forward “Right Now” became my favorite Van Halen song. That memory is wrapped around “Right Now” and helps me bind two of my passions: sport and music.


BONUS: Van Halen – Right Now (Live, 1991-1992)

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