Rocker Joe Perry has defended bandmate Steven Tyler from critics of his Star-spangled Banner performance at the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens championship game last month (Jan12).
Tyler's rendition of the song was hammered by online critics who felt the Aerosmith singer should have done a better job.
The Cryin' hitmaker has defended himself, insisting he didn't just show up to New England's Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, stating, "It was well thought out prior to."
And now Perry has urged the critics to back off, revealing his friend and bandmate jetted to the big game after attending a funeral.
The guitarist says, "He's got a one-in-a-million voice and people are lucky to hear it. Give me a break, he's a rock singer. He's using the tools that he's got."
It's not the first time Tyler has received criticism for belting out the U.S. National Anthem - he was accused of mumbling the words during a rendition before a Boston Bruins ice hockey game in 2010, and he upset purists in 2001 when he changed the lyrics at the Indianapolis 500 race from "home of the brave" to "home of the Indianapolis 500".
Perry believes no celebrity should sign on to sing the anthem at major sporting events.
He tells the National Post, "That song is a b**ch. They should just get one guy, like an opera singer who delivers the song exactly the same way when you see the American flag or the Canadian flag, so no one messes with it."
Kelly Clarkson will be hoping her version of the tune is criticism free when she sings it before the Super Bowl on Sunday (05Feb12). Christina Aguilera faced a backlash last year (11) after she messed up the lyrics during her Super Bowl performance.
Tweeting on Friday (03Feb12), Clarkson writes, "Just finished rehearsing the anthem in Indy ....wow, I'm actually really nervous about singing at the Super Bowl ha! Here's hoping I nail it and don't screw it up!"