BOSTON – Lil Nas X cheesed for a selfie with the Stanley Cup, rocked an outdoor throng 20,000-plus deep at Boston’s City Hall Plaza with the No. 1 hit in the country eight weeks running while wearing a personalized Bruins sweater and one of the more outlandish pair of cowboy boots you’ll ever see, then galloped off-stage giddy and aglow.
"I’ve never been too big on sports, but for the Bruins, we’re going all the way. Let’s do it. Yeah!" the 20-year-old country/trap sensation beamed backstage.
"My favourite sport, if I had choose, as of right now, it has to be hockey, y’know? Let’s do it."
Despite growing up in Atlanta, former home to the Thrashers, the artist born Montero Hill had never attended a hockey game until Monday’s Stanley Cup Final opener, and yet the Bruins’ newest fan was still accurate in his pre-game prediction. What did he expect?
"Intense hockey playing," Lil Nas X bubbled. "It’s going to be sick."
That the artist with the hottest song in the country was selected to open the Stanley Cup Final in an untraditional concert venue about two Zdeno Chara slappers away from TD Garden was significant and by design.