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Hey DJ! Sporting Kansas City's Graham Zusi does not like mosh pits

Graham Zusi, Hey! DJ

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Ever wondered which tracks your favorite players listen to before a game? Curious which concerts they’re going to? Then join Jon Langford, bassist in The Chevin, for his musical Q&As with Major League Soccer’s biggest stars. 

This week’s DJ is US national team and Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi.  


MLSsoccer.com: What was the first album you ever bought?

Zusi: Oh man! [Pauses.] I’m trying to think. It was either Matchbox 20 or Third Eye Blind. I don’t remember which, but it was one of those two. 

MLSsoccer.com: What was the first concert you ever went to and what are your memories of it?

Zusi: My first show was either Incubus or OAR. I remember I accidently ended up in the mosh pit. I’ve avoided them ever since. The risk of injury is too high.      

MLSsoccer.com: Who is your favorite band or artist of all time?

Zusi: I don’t know if I have one favorite. I really enjoy the Dave Matthews Band. I’ve been to a few of their concerts and they’re incredible. I went to see U2 last year and that was amazing. One of my favorites is the Red Hot Chili Peppers; they put on an incredible show. The energy they brought was amazing. 

MLSsoccer.com: Is there a certain track you like to listen to before a big game to get pumped up?

Zusi: No. I change it up. I don’t listen to anything specific, just whatever I’m in the mood for. Right now, though, I like listening to “Little Black Submarines” by the Black Keys.    

MLSsoccer.com: Which musicians, dead or alive, would you have over for a fantasy dinner party and why?

Zusi: I think Michael Jackson would be a good one. He was definitely a character. I don’t know too much about Kurt Cobain, but he’d be an interesting guy to talk to as well.    

MLSsoccer.com: If the MLS Cup final had a halftime show like the Super Bowl, which artist would you like to see perform?

Zusi: Gosh! Beyonce killed it at the Super Bowl, didn’t she? I don’t think I’d make it into the locker room if she were out there. I’d probably stay out to watch and miss the team talk. I think U2 would be an amazing halftime show, they’re good stadium music.

MLSsoccer.com: Do you play any instruments?

Zusi: I played the trumpet growing up.

MLSsoccer.com: Why’d you quit?

Zusi: It was too loud and I wasn’t very good.

MLSsoccer.com: Which song should be used in a montage of your game? (In other words: What’s your Rocky theme tune?)

Zusi: “Dancing Queen” by ABBA.