Guy Who Screwed Up National Anthem At World Series Once Ripped Christina Aguilera For Same Thing
Rick Chandler 03:42 pm, October 27th, 2014
People you wouldn't expect to see singing the National Anthem at a playoff game in San Francisco? Near the top of the list would be Aaron Lewis -- who's from Massachusetts, is a self-proclaimed constitutional conservative, enjoys bow hunting and is a heavy metal-turned-country artist (he was the lead singer for Staind). Well, Major League Baseball chooses the singers, so don't blame the Giants for this.
Sunday's selection, Lewis, did not distinguish himself -- botching the lyrics early on. This, in addition to sounding like an especially screechy Bob Dylan, was all quite amusing to Tim Lincicum (see above).
Hey, it's a tough song. No big deal ... if it weren't for the fact that Lewis is so quick to judge others for their performances.
* Lewis once slammed Christina Aguilera for flubbing the lyrics to the National Anthem at the 2011 Super Bowl. Lewis: "I guess I just don’t understand how people who sing The National Anthem can be so fucking self-absorbed that they would try to change that fucking song. If there is a single song in the history of this country that deserves no creative interpretation, it’s that one."
* Once ripped Carrie Underwood for "sounding like a whore" in the lyrics of her hit "Last Name". Underwood responded that she didn't write the song.
Here you go, America:
Lewis issued a statement on his Facebook page:
"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."
Everything but the bowhunting, dude. That's inflicting unnecessary pain of an entirely different nature.