Veteran Rocker Defends His Version of National Anthem

Feb 3, 2012  •  Post A Comment

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."


  1. This guys not a true singer. He’s a screecher. And without a band to mask his voice. His true colors came through.

  2. Mickie is absolutely correct.
    I’m from Boston and I’m quite aware of this bird Steven Tyler and his alleged “singing” voice.
    As a youth I had the opportunity to visit the Intermedia recording studio on Newbury Street in Boston. The chief engineer played for me the vocal tracks from Aerosmith’s first album, and honest-to-god, the caterwauling by Mr. Tyler was akin to listening to small animals being subjected to unspeakable acts of torture.
    The engineer’s point was that a good producer and modern recording techniques could make someone like Steven Tyler sound good..
    If Mr. Tyler had performed his version of the Star Spangled Banner on American Idol without benefit of his celebrity, he would have most assuredly been cast of the island.
    Mr Tyler (or whatever your name is), you are enough to make me want to throw up on live television.

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