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ST PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 23: A fan of the Tampa Bay Rays shows support for his team against the Philadelphia during game two of the 2008 MLB World Series on October 23, 2008 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

You know the ‘cowbell’ has become a big part of cheering for the Tampa Bay Rays, and we hear Christopher Walken say he needs ‘more cowbell.’ Where did that demand for more cowbell come from?

The skit came together long before it actually aired, and Will Ferrell kept pushing each week to get it on the air. Finally, in April of 2000, Christopher Walken was going to be a guest host on Saturday Night Live. Ferrell rewrote the bit for Walken’s appearance, and when it aired, it was an instant success.

Even members of Blue Oyster Cult did see it when it first aired. Eric Bloom, singer for BOC, saw it when it debuted on a rare Saturday night on which the band wasn’t touring.

There was a true-to-life story about this skit that Ferrell didn’t know. There was an instrument in an early mix of “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” that was either a flugelhorn, or a trumpet, according to drummer Albert Bouchard. Members of the band didn’t like it.

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