SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Aaron Lewis has apologized for botching the lyrics of “The Star-Spangled Banner” during his performance before Game 5 of the World Series.
The lead singer of the metal band Staind turned country singer published a note on his website Monday after stumbling during his rendition of the national anthem the night before in San Francisco.
He says: “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.”
After starting with “O say can you see by the dawn’s early light, what so proudly we hailed,” Lewis diverted from the lyrics. Instead of singing “at the twilight’s last gleaming” he sang “were so gallantly streaming,” words that appear later in the song.