AUSTIN (KXAN) – He’s a man with many nicknames, but these days his name is “DJ Diesel”.
Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, who after his NBA career tried all kinds of jobs, is a real DJ who plays real shows. One of the shows will take place on Saturday, October 24 at the Circuit des AmÃ©riques as part of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix concert series on the race track.
O’Neal transforms into DJ Diesel at 4:30 p.m. on COTA’s ONEderland stage in the infield of the race track and joins Billy Joel, Kool and the Gang and Twenty One Pilots as musical acts while top pilots from World racing cars navigate the circuit. DJ Diesel’s organized set will take place after the race.
Authorities have also confirmed that more than 20 musical acts that make up “The American Soundtrack” will perform throughout the weekend on the COTA grounds.
This is not Shaq’s first foray into music. Early in his NBA career with the Orlando Magic, O’Neal released the rap album “Shaq Diesel” in 1993 with mixed reviews from music critics, but record sales didn’t lie. Shaq Diesel was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America after surpassing one million copies sold. He released four studio albums and nine singles.
Currently, in addition to his parallel work as a DJ, O’Neal is an analyst on TNT show “Inside the NBA” and sits on the board of directors of Papa John’s Pizza and owns nine stores in the Atlanta area.