The Steven Tyler National Anthem video debacle before Sunday’s Patriots-Ravens game is just the latest killing in a series of serial murders of this country’s most patriotic song by the Aerosmith frontman. Don’t get me wrong, I love Aerosmith, but a Steven Tyler National Anthem rendition is like listening to fingernails on a chalkboard while two tomcats yowl at each other over screaming girl cat in heat.
Yes, it is that bad. No, I’m not taking it back. Listening to American Idol judge Steven Tyler singing the National Anthem at the Patriots-Ravens game on Sunday was horrible. Over the years, we’ve all heard worse performances of the song (Roseanne Barr anyone?), but Tyler’s cover was certainly not championship game worthy. He screamed, he scratched, he wheezed, he tortured the lyrics. Steven Tyler mutilated that song to death.
Sadly, this is not the first (and won’t be the last) time Steven Tyler has murdered the National Anthem. The Aerosmith frontman and American Idol judge has screeched out the song repeatedly at various events for decades, including an equally terrible version of it at a Boston Bruins game back in 2010.
In none of the performances we could find available on video did a Steven Tyler National Anthem sound anything but extremely painful and dangerous to delicate eardrums. Even so, I guess Tyler still hasn’t quite reached the horror level of Christina Aguilera at Super Bowl XLV.
If Steven Tyler is feeling a bit sorry for himself today over all the negative criticism of his National Anthem performance, he does have one person he can have a pity party with. Remember Lauren Alaina, runner-up from American Idol last season? You know, the Steven Tyler adoring country singer the Aerosmith frontman called “the one” at her audition? Yes, well, she had her own very dark day with the National Anthem before a Packers-Lions game back in November. So maybe the two of them can shack up and drink a toast to mutual mangling of the country’s most famous song.