Aaron Lewis is asking for the "nation's forgiveness" after botching the National Anthem ahead of Sunday's World Series game in San Francisco.
The Staind frontman messed up only one line, and still managed to get a cheer from the crowd as he belted out "the rockets' red glare." But Lewis says he's "completely torn up" about what happened, and admits that his nerves got the best of him.
He says on his official website:
"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."
However, Lewis has been critical of National Anthem slip-ups in the past. Shortly after Christina Aguilera forgot the lyrics before the 2011 Super Bowl, Lewis told a crowd at one of his own concerts that he couldn't understand how people who sing the song can be so "self absorbed" that they'd try to add their own "creative interpretation."
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