The Bengals—who on Monday unveiled Katy Perry's megahit "Roar" as a pregame, in-game and postgame song at Paul Brown Stadium—said on Friday that the song will no longer be featured as prominently. . . .
When Mitchell Morgan, a 23-year-old business student in Cincinnati, tried to get pumped up in the stadium's upper bowl before the game Monday, he braced to bang his head to classic stadium rock fare—Guns N' Roses, maybe AC/DC. Instead, he heard "Roar," which—while having some Bengals-oriented lyrics ("I am a champion and you're gonna hear me roar")—is far softer than what he expected.
"I mean, I know what they are going for but it's not going to work. How can you think you can do something like that without any backlash?" Morgan said. "There were Steelers fans next to me laughing."