Veteran Rocker Defends His Version of National Anthem AP
After receiving a flood of harsh criticism of his rendition of the National Anthem, a veteran rocker is saying he meant to do it that way, the AP reports.
"American Idol" judge and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler sang a screechy version of "The Star Spangled Banner" before the AFC Championship football game broadcast, which he says is just what he intended. The singer says he was surprised that so many people criticized his performance.
Said Tyler: "I put emphasis on, 'In the land of the free' and I went up. Oddly enough I hit the note, so I don't know what they are talking about. I emphasized 'free,' which was for freedom. It was well thought-out prior to. I wasn't messing with American tradition."