Insisting that what he did was 'well thought out prior to,' the Aerosmith frontman says, 'I wasn't messing with American tradition.'
While some thought his rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at AFC championship game was a mess, Steven Tyler didn't see anything wrong with his performance. The lead singer of Aerosmith came to his own defense when being asked to comment about the gig at his "Crossroads" rehearsals.
"I don't know. As I said before, I put emphasis on, 'In the land of the free' and I went up," he explained to New York Post. "Oddly enough I hit the note so I don't know what they are talking about. I emphasized 'free' which was for freedom. It was well thought out prior to. I wasn't messing with American tradition."
"American Idol" judge Tyler sang the national anthem on January 22 before the game between the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens. Jason Whitlock, the columnist for FOXSports, compared his performance to Janet Jackson's infamous nip slip at Super Bowl.
The Associated Press additionally commented in its report that the rendition "wouldn't get him to Hollywood." Yahoo added in its review that "he most definitely would not have made it to the next round," and mocked that the scarf he wore was better than his performance.