We feel your pain, Aaron Lewis, we feel your pain. Singing the national anthem is not an easy gig.
The lead singer of the alternative metal band Staind was just in Kansas City Saturday night performing at the Sprint Center.
Then, hours later, he bungled his moment in the sun before Game 5 of the World Series by getting some of the words wrong.
Instead of singing “at the twilight’s last gleaming,” Lewis sang, “were so gallantly streaming.”
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Lewis published a note on his website Monday saying: “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.”
At the Sprint Center he told the crowd to “got off your (blanking) (butts)” and then dramatically – and correctly – recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
You could hear a dull roar of what sounded like disapproval from the stadium crowd in San Francisco and Fox’s cameras caught some of the players laughing.
Reviews on Twitter were blunt.
“Aaron Lewis should've gotten the words to the National Anthem tattooed on his arm as a cheat sheet.”
“At least we know Aaron Lewis wasn't lip syncing the national anthem. Just wish he knew the words.”
“I grew up watching the World Series,” Lewis told Masslive.com before the game. “It’s a privilege and honor to be asked to be a part of such an important night.”
We are quite certain that Joyce DiDonato would have gotten the words right.