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Tony Hawk takes the mic for a cover of his favourite song from his own video game

Tony Hawk riding on skateboard
(Image credit: Tony Hawk)

Whether you were a serial button basher or virtual-skateboarding aficionado, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series was a milestone in the world of video gaming. Providing hours of thumb-numbing entertainment, contributing to its legacy – beyond it simply being a wildly fun game to play – was of course, it’s killer soundtrack.

Released in the late 90s, Pro Skater introduced whole generations to new music, both through its original releases and its modern day instalment, Tony Hawk's Underground. Featuring bands such as Rage Against The Machine, Bad Religion, Motorhead, Iron Maiden and Primus, its well-crafted list of badass tunes became synonymous with the franchise.

Now, the man himself – Tony Hawk – has served up his very own cover of a song lifted from Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2. The track, a cover of Millencolin’s No Cigar, is performed with Hawk taking on lead vocals – whilst riding on a skateboard, we might add – along with Mikey Hawdon and pro skater Steve Caballero on guitar, former Goldfinger member Darrin Pfeiffer on drums and Millencolin's Nikola Sarcevic on bass.

If that wasn’t intriguing enough, the accompanying video is created in the style of the original games, with the player score number floating in the top left, along with in-game style lettering and visual commentary. We’re being overloaded with nostalgia here! Plus, Caballero’s guitar is in the shape of a skateboard. Check it out below:

Liz Scarlett
Liz Scarlett

Liz works on keeping the Louder sites up to date with the latest news from the world of rock and metal. Prior to joining Louder as a full time staff writer, she completed a Diploma with the National Council for the Training of Journalists and received a First Class Honours Degree in Popular Music Journalism. She enjoys writing about anything from neo-glam rock to stoner, doom and progressive metal, and loves celebrating women in music. '10 bands that rip off Black Sabbath but get away with it' is her favourite article she's written with Louder so far. When not writing, Liz enjoys various creative endeavours such as graphic design, as well as reading about rock’n’roll history, art and magic.