Steven Tyler National Anthem Performance: The Aerosmith Legend Butchers ‘The Star Spangled Banner’
Yesterday, Aerosmith frontman, and ‘American Idol,’ judge Steven Tyler sang the National Anthem before the AFC championship game in Foxborough, Mass. Sunday. The game featured the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots.
Tyler sang the anthem in traditional Aerosmith style – complete with a raspy voice, bluesy swagger and a hard rocker yell. During his acappella performance, Tyler wore a sequined Patriots scarf.
After his version of the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ was complete, social media sites lit up and “Steven Tyler” was quickly trending on Twitter. The commentary wasn’t pretty and most accused Tyler of an awful performance. Many people drew ‘American Idol’ comparisons and tweeted that Tyler “wouldn’t get a golden ticket to Hollywood” with his performance. Journalists criticized Tyler too including FOXSports columnist Jason Whitlock who Tweeted “Steven Tyler far more obscene than Janet Jackson’s t*tty.”
When Steven Tyler sang the National Anthem before the May 2001 Indianapolis 500, he changed the words which caused a public outcry. This led Tyler to issue a public apology.
Check out Tyler’s performance below. You be the judge: good or bad?
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