The Pop Rocks, from left: Elektra Davis, Connor McCandless, Drew Santa, Elijah Davis, Courtney Brown, Sara Santa.
By Scott Mervis Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
It's not the kind of tune people are going to be singing at the game -- like "Here We Go" or "The Steelers Polka" -- but there's never been a Steelers fan song quite like "Heartbreakers."
Played and sung to the tune of Pat Benatar's "Heartbreaker," it's a rocker performed by pre-teen band The Pop Rocks from the Davis School of Guitar Performance in Harmony, Butler County.
The Pop Rocks recorded a video of the song last Friday night and put it on YouTube the next day. Since then, it's had more than 60,000 hits, the band has appeared on local TV news and were scheduled to perform last night at Diesel on the South Side at the WDVE Steelers send-off, which will air this morning on 102.5 FM.
What's remarkable about "Heartbreakers" is, well, just how good it is. The band, which formed this summer as part of instructor Duane Davis' summer rock workshop, already had the Benatar cover, not an easy song to play, down pat. Davis' wife, Marian, and sister-in-law, Maggie Cobal, Steeler-ized the song with lyrics like a chorus that goes, "We're the Raven-haters/ring takers/shame makers/don't you mess with Steeler D."
Courtney Brown, 12, of Slippery Rock, sings it almost flawlessly, hitting a lot of the high notes reached by the classically trained Benatar.
Davis said Courtney came in and auditioned for the summer workshop singing an Avril Lavigne song with a karaoke machine, he pulled the mike away from her because her voice was so strong, she didn't even need it.
"That level at her age is just a lot of raw talent," he says, "but she studies vocals and sings in church weekly and does the national anthem at ball games."
Davis, who's been teaching privately for 15 years, has played guitar in such bands as Winter's Bane (with Tim "Ripper" Owens, who went on to Judas Priest) and Shadowplay and has played locally with the Sweaty Betty Blues Band.
He says, "I told my wife, 'I've been in some pretty popular bands,' but this is just exploding."