Steven Tyler sang the national anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the Patriots-Ravens NFL playoff game, but his interpretation left a lot to desire. Los Angeles times reports that the Aerosmith frontman performed in Foxborough, Mass., on Sunday, but viewers at home were not thrilled with his interpretation.
We are all used to Tyler’s way of transforming well-known songs into his own stylized versions, but this time viewers think he went a little bit too far. Not only did the singer change the melodic line of the song, but he also used different words from the original ones. According to reporters, the “American Idol” judge sang “as bomb bursting in air” instead of the initial lyrics “the bombs bursting in air”.
People who were present at the sports event were thrilled by Steven Tyler’s interpretation, but those who watched him on TV had a different opinion. The first to judge the artistic moment was Fox News host Greg Gutfeld. He wrote on his Twitter page that he thought a raccoon was suffering somewhere in the woods, so he went to put it out of its misery. He was surprised to see that his neighbor was watching Steven Tyler.
There were several public personas who actually praised the national anthem moment. Rob Lowe didn’t write anything else on his Twitter page besides “#StevenTyler!!!!”
“The Star-Spangled Banner” is considered to be one of the most difficult national anthems to play, so Tyler is not the only singer who messed it up. As a matter of fact, many other singers have preferred to replace it with “America the Beautiful” in order to avoid such embarrassing moments.
“American Idol” runner-up, Lauren Alaina, also had problems interpreting the national anthem. Alaina performed the song before a Packers-Lions game in November last year. At a certain point, she forgot the words, thus looking as if she was trying to stall the beginning of the game. Christina Aguilera who was often seen performing at similar events got so caught up in the performance during the Super Bowl XLV that she forgot the words.