Singing the National Anthem before a big event is a nerve-wracking experience for performers, because there’s no room for mistakes. Just ask Staind lead singer turned country dude, Aaron Lewis, who botched the Anthem pretty bad last night before Game 5 of the World Series (Oct 26).
Aaron took the field in San Francisco to sing the SSB a cappella and promptly screwed up the lyrics–a BIG BIG no no for Anthem singers. Instead of singing “at the twilight’s last gleaming” he sang “were so gallantly streaming.” When that lyric came for real later during the song, he repeated it. OOPS. He was also off-key in spots. Not a good rendition, all around.
Afterward, the singer was so embarrassed, he took to to the front page of his official website to apologize and make sure we all knew he really really loves ‘murica.
All I can say is I’m sorry and ask for the Nation’s forgiveness. My nerves got the best of me and I am completely torn up about what happened. America is the greatest country in the world. The Star-Spangled Banner means so much to so many, including myself. I hope everyone can understand the intensity of the situation and my true intent of this performance. I hope that the Nation, Major League Baseball and the many fans of our national pastime can forgive me.
Check out the singer’s flub here:
To be honest, I had no idea the guy from the post-grunge band, Staind was singing country these days. He’s released FOUR country singles since 2011.
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