After giving a shocking and raucous performance on America’s Got Talent, and becoming a viral sensation with more than 8 million online views, 82-year-old Navy veteran John Hetlinger is really about to be a rock star.
Performing on the NBC reality competition his favorite karaoke track, “Bodies,” by metal band Drowning Pool, Hetlinger announced the band is making good on its invitation for the father of six and grandfather of 12 to join them on stage. “I am really amped up to see y’all when Drowning Pool and I join you in Chicago this Friday afternoon for the Chicago Open Air festival,” Hetlinger said in a statement. “We are going to have a blast together — let the bodies hit the floor!”
The band’s drummer, Mike Luce, whose brother is currently serving in the military, says he’s thrilled to have Hetlinger join them. “It’s been an honor for us to play for our military every chance we’ve had,” he said. “On rare occasions, servicemen have joined us onstage here and there, but one thing’s for sure — we’ve never shared the stage with an 82-year-old Navy veteran/aerospace manager crushing ‘Bodies.’ It’s gonna be crazy throwing down with him!”
Hetlinger will join the band this Friday for a performance at Chicago Open Air, a music festival located at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois.
Watch the video of his performance last month on America’s Got Talent, above.