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Singer apologizes for screwing up World Series anthem

Aaron Lewis of Staind performs the U.S. national anthem before Game 5 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals at AT&T Park. (Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports)

Aaron Lewis of Staind performs the U.S. national anthem before Game 5 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals at AT&T Park. (Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports)

Rocker Aaron Lewis apologized Monday for singing the wrong words during a performance of the American national anthem before Game 5 of the World Series Sunday night.

The Staind frontman came under fire from fans after fluffing the lyrics to The Star-Spangled Banner at AT&T Park in San Francisco ahead of the San Francisco Giants’ World Series clash with the Kansas City Royals.

He has now offered an apology for getting the words wrong and blamed the blunder on nerves.

In a post on his website, he writes, “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.”


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