Western Massachusetts music fans were happy to see Staind singer Aaron Lewis selected to sing the National Anthem before the start of Game 5 of the World Series on Oct. 26, then the worst happened when he botched the lyrics.
The 42-year-old Western Massachusetts rocker started with “O say can you see by the dawn’s early light, what so proudly we hailed.” Lewis diverted from the lyrics; instead of singing “at the twilight’s last gleaming” he sang ” were so gallantly streaming,” lyrics that appear later in “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
He issued an apology on his Facebook page on Sunday night.
“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.”
Some fans were willing to do so. Others noted that Lewis had rapped pop singer Christina Aguilera for mangling some words of the National Anthem at the opening of Super Bowl XLV in 2011.
Here are some of the Tweets about Aaron Lewis in the week following his performance.