The lead singer of a popular metal band — who’s also a country singer — has offered his apology after botching the National Anthem to open Game 5 of the World Series.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Aaron Lewis, who has been pursuing a career in country music after becoming known as the lead singer of the metal band Staind, published an apology on his website.
Lewis wrote: “All I can say is I’m sorry and ask for the nation’s forgiveness. My nerves got the best of me and I am completely torn up about what happened. America is the greatest country in the world. The Star-Spangled Banner means so much to so many, including myself.”
He added, “I hope everyone can understand the intensity of the situation and my true intent of this performance. I hope that the nation, Major League Baseball and the many fans of our national pastime can forgive me.”
THR notes that Lewis started with, “O say can you see by the dawn’s early light, what so proudly we hailed,” but then instead of singing “at the twilight’s last gleaming,” he sang, “were so gallantly streaming,” which are words that are sung later in the song.
Here’s the clip: