One would assume that before singing the National Anthem at a sporting event that is going to be seen by millions of people, you would have the lyrics really nailed down.
Well, not if you’re Aaron Lewis, who fucked up the National Anthem before Sunday night’s Game 5 of the World Series in San Francisco.
You may know Lewis from his time as the front man for the now defunct alt rock group Staind. (Those dudes rawked super hard!) Or you may know him from his career rebirth as a solo country singer. Apparently somebody in the MLB is still a fan of Lewis’s and decided he should sing at the World Series.
Lewis started out OK, but instead of singing “at the twilight’s last gleaming,” he belted out “were so gallantly streaming.” Those lyrics do indeed appear in Francis Scott Key’s jam, but not until later on.
It’s pretty cringe-worthy. And Tim Lincecum notices immediately.
Lewis released a statement on his website apologizing for the incident:
“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.”