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The Chiefs are changing their TD celebration song and fans are furious

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson celebrated with fans and teammates after scoring on an interception return.
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson celebrated with fans and teammates after scoring on an interception return. jsleezer@kcstar.com

Here’s one thing that won’t be the same when the Chiefs play their home opener against the Denver Broncos on Sept. 17: the music.

The Chiefs tweeted this on Friday:

Gone, apparently, is a version of “Rock ‘N’ Roll Part 2” by Gary Glitter.

The choices are:

1. “Hey, Kansas City!” by David George & A Crooked Mile

2. “Song 2” by Blur

3. “Let Me Clear My Throat” by DJ Kool

There’s been no official word on why the change is being made, but it could be because Glitter (real name: Paul Gadd) was sentenced in February to 16 years in prison in England for sexual abuses between 1975 and 1980. All involved underage girls.

In 2006, the NFL reportedly asked teams to stop playing Glitter’s version of the song and the Chiefs switched to a cover version by the Tube Tops.

However, the vice president of business affairs for the American Society of Composers, Artists and Publishers told The Star that year, “If it sounds like Gary Glitter’s song, we would credit Gary Glitter. From our standpoint it makes no difference who the performer is, it’s who the composer and publisher is.”

Voting for the new song opened at noon on Friday and will continue until 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 31.

Chiefs fans were not happy about the news.

To reach Pete Grathoff, call 816-234-4330 or send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @pgrathoff.

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