The choice seemed daring and, sure enough, Steven Tyler delivered a national anthem before the AFC Championship game Sunday that was variously described with verbs like “screetch” and “butcher” and “mangle” by fans on Twitter.
You get the point, but was it really that bad?
Was the rendition by Tyler, Aerosmith’s 63-year-old lead singer and “American Idol” judge, bad enough to get him kicked off his own show if he were a contestant? Tyler, a New England Patriots fan, missed the high note — sounding oddly like a raven — and either messed up the words (“as bombs bursting in air”) or slurred them (“oh the land of the free”), but at least his team managed to win and advance to Super Bowl XLVI. Besides, you were expecting maybe “Dude Looks Like a Brady?”
Pro singers were a little kinder to Tyler. Country singer Jason Michael Carroll tweeted: “I knew ‘the scream’ was coming! (Tyler) is always amazing!” Actor Michael McKean: “Still love Steven Tyler; not the worst “Banner”, by the way. Not even close.”
Tyler’s anthem wasn’t nearly as bad as Roseanne Barr’s, but just how bad was it?
The good: Jim Cornelison
The bad: Cristina Aguilera
The truly great: Marvin Gaye