Oops! Singer forgets words to national anthem
Aaron Lewis has apologized. He botched the lyrics of "The Star-Spangled Banner." It happened during his performance before Game 5 of the baseball World Series.
Lewis is the lead singer of the metal band Staind who now sings country music. He published an apology note on his website Monday. He stumbled during his rendition of the national anthem the night before. That was in San Francisco.
After starting with "O say can you see by the dawn's early light, what so proudly we hailed," Lewis used other words. Instead of singing "at the twilight's last gleaming" he sang "were so gallantly streaming." Those words appear later in the song.
"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," he wrote. "America is the greatest country in the world.
"The Star-Spangled Banner means so much to so many, including myself.
"I hope that the Nation, Major League Baseball and the many fans of our national pastime can forgive me."