‘My nerves got the best of me’: Aaron Lewis apologizes for National Anthem screw-up


As our country is well aware by now, Aaron Lewis of Staind screwed up the National Anthem last night before Game 5 of the World Series in San Francisco, missing a few lines and drawing the swift ire of the internet.

To the singer’s credit, he quickly went online and offered an apology. Here it is in full:

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. 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.

His post appeared on his own website and on twitter, where the vitriol is rampant. It looks like he’s even re-tweeting some of the hate.


Lewis, a Massachusetts native, plays Royale on November 7.