Steven Tyler has come under heavy criticism for his rendition of The Star Spangled Banner at the Nfl playoff game between the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens in Massachusetts over the weekend.
According to People magazine, the boisterous crowd at the game began heckling the Aerosmith frontman as he tackled the infamously hard-to-sing anthem. The frontman also appeared to make a couple of minor lyrical mistakes, singing, "as bomb bursting in air" instead of "the bombs bursting in air" and "oh the land of the free" instead of "o'er the land of the free". Espn analyst Skip Bayless was left far from impressed with the performance, tweeting to his followers, "How could Patriots be inspired by that awful Anthem sung by Steven Tyler? At least give him some screaming guitars to camouflage voice". The journalist and humorist Greg Gutfeld joked, "I went outside to put a raccoon out of its misery - then i realized my neighbor was watching Steven Tyler sing the Star-Spangled Banner". The historic anthem never seems to fail in testing even the most assured of vocalists, and Christina Aguilera (a singer noted for vocal range) had problems at the 2011 Super Bowl. Despite conquering the song's notorious high notes, she flubbed her lines and instead of singing, "O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming", Aguilera opted for "What so proudly we watched at the twilight's last reaming". According to Time magazine, Christina was "devastated" with her own performance and later issued a statement saying, "I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through". And who could forget R Kelly's soul reworking of the anthem at the Bernard Hopkins and Jermain Taylor boxing match in Las Vegas in 2005? Attempting to put his own spin on the classic, he was roundly booed by the audience for taking things a little too far. Though the undisputed title of worst ever rendition of The Star Spangled Banner goes to comedienne Roseanne Barr, who tackled the anthem in 1993 completely out of tune. Bursting out laughing half-way through, Barr was actually applauded by the crowd for the sheer ridiculousness of her effort.
Despite the criticism, it seems Tyler found support from many of his fans on Twitter though, with one quite fairly offering, "He sang as he always does . what were you expecting?"