Staind frontman Aaron Lewis loves America enough to have “Don’t Tread On Me” tattooed on his neck. He also loves America enough to have been asked to sing the National Anthem for Game 5 of the World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants. However, he doesn’t love America enough to have gotten the words to the song right. During the second line, he sang “what so proudly we hailed were so gallantly streaming” instead of “what so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming.” Oops. Some of the players laughed, but after the flub, Lewis went on to finish the song without any further incident. Unfortunately for him, millions of people saw it happen, and Twitter seems to be having a laugh at his expense. We’re sure it’s stressful to be up there in front of so many people, but he’ll bounce back – and probably never be asked to sing the National Anthem again.
[UPDATE]: Late last night, Lewis released a statement apologizing via his website:
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.
It’s good that he apologized, but a few years ago, he went off onstage about Christina Aguilera’s performance of the Star Spangled Banner. Bet he’s eating his words now.