Entrance music (also known as an entry theme or walk-on music) is a musical piece or song that is played for athletes or celebrities when they enter the ring, playing field or venue.
As part of Barry Hearn's vision for the future of the professional game, walk-on music was introduced from the 2010 World Snooker Championship. As of the 2012 World Snooker Championship, the last 32 players and their walk-on music was as follows:
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Walk-on music for professional darts players is typically either related to their nickname or their nationality. Some examples are:
|Martin Adams||Wolfie||"Hungry Like the Wolf"||Duran Duran|
|Gary Anderson||The Flying Scotsman||"Jump Around"||House of Pain|
|Raymond van Barneveld||Barney||"Eye of the Tiger"||Survivor|
|Stephen Bunting||The Bullet||"Surfin' Bird"||The Trashmen|
|Michael van Gerwen||Mighty Mike||"Seven Nation Army"||The White Stripes|
|Adrian Lewis||Jackpot||"Reach Up"||Perfecto Allstarz|
|Phil Taylor||The Power||"The Power"||Snap!|
|Simon Whitlock||The Wizard||"Down Under"||Men at Work|
|Peter Wright||Snakebite||"Don't Stop the Party"||Pitbull ft. TJR|
|Steve Beaton||The Bronzed Adonis||"Stayin' Alive"||The Bee Gees|
|Gotham Girls Roller Derby||All-Stars||"Turn Down for What"||DJ Snake ft. Lil Jon|
|Minnesota RollerGirls||All-Stars||"Boneless"||Steve Aoki|
|Minnesota RollerGirls||Minnesota Nice||"Roller Girls"||The Soviettes|
Major League Baseball
The practice of using a heavy metal theme song to signal the entrance of a relief pitcher began at Qualcomm Stadium in 1998, when the San Diego Padres started playing "Hells Bells" by AC/DC to accompany Trevor Hoffman's taking the mound. San Jose Mercury News and ESPN.com wrote that the song should be honored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The use of rock and roll for entrance music emerged from the 1989 film, Major League, in which relief pitcher Rick Vaughn entered the game to a cover of "Wild Thing" performed by X. In addition, batters will often select a song to play as they come to the plate in home games.
Many wrestlers have used many themes over the course of their careers. Some wrestlers like Ric Flair and Macho Man Randy Savage are known for their one particular entrance theme song, Also Sprach Zarathustra and Pomp and Circumstance respectively.
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