Grammy-nominated singer Eric Burton lost track of the lyrics during “The Star-Spangled Banner” ahead of Friday night’s World Series opener between Houston and Philadelphia.
The 33-year-old Black Pumas bandleader opened Game 1 of the Fall Classic on Friday with a rendition of the national anthem, but his performance featured multiple lyric errors and pitch issues.
With players and staff lined up on the field for the traditional pre-game ceremony, and a giant American flag unfurled across the outfield, Burton went off the track on the second line.
He sang, “How proud we have greeted at the last stream of twilight” instead of “shiny.”
He went on rightly, “Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous battle.”
But then, instead of ‘O’er the ramparts we’d looked at flowed so gallantly?’ he went back to ‘How proud we greet at the last twilight’ before singing ‘streaming’ again instead of ‘shiny’.
Grammy-nominated singer Eric Burton lost track of lyrics during ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’
The Black Pumas bandleader opened Game 1 of the fall classic with the National Anthem
But the 33-year-old’s performance contained multiple text errors and pitch issues
Players from both the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros face the national anthem
Burton then picked up correctly with ‘And the rocket’s red glare, the bomb bursting in air’ and finished without a hitch.
Burton is the co-founder of Black Pumas, a band that has been nominated for six Grammy Awards, including Best Rock Album and Best Rock Performance, and won Best New Artist in 2020.
Burton performed at the televised concert for President Joe Biden’s inauguration last year.
And he is no stranger to major stages, having performed on the Grammys, Today Show, the Late Show, Tiny Desk Concert, Jimmy Kimmel Live in addition to Biden’s inauguration.
Burton shakes hands with Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker (right) after his portrayal
Burton and bandmate Mickey Guyton (left) perform at the CMT Music Awards in April
Burton also performed at the Governors Ball Music Festival at Citi Field earlier this year
Social media users are of course quick to pick up on the mistakes, as they berate Burton for “not knowing” the words of the anthem.
Yeah and we’ve already ruined the national anthem. World Series is a blast off a start.
‘Did this man just ruin the national anthem in front of the nation during Game 1,’ asked another in disbelief.
Another echoed their thoughts, wondering, “Has anyone else heard that slaughtered national anthem?”
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A viewer was momentarily stunned, claiming that Burton “had one job.” The said, ‘Dude, you only had one job. How do you screw up the lyrics to the national anthem at the World Series. That won’t happen in Philadelphia!’
Another social media user, who clearly supports the Phillies, wrote: “Let’s hope the Astros play as bad as Eric Burton’s rendition of the National Anthem. Oof. #flat #RedOctober #WorldSeries.’
Meanwhile, one viewer gave a scathing critique, writing: ‘This anthem is so bad it will sound like garbage and mess it up multiple times’
Others on social media were quick to plan the failed rendition and label it as ‘trash’
One Twitter user gave some wise advice, saying, “If you don’t know the words to the national anthem, don’t sing it on national TV.”
However, one person had some sympathy for Burton and claimed they felt sorry for him.
“My heart goes out to the man who sang our national anthem in Houston,” they said. “He went out of his way to sing the song traditionally, had a beautiful voice and just messed up the verses.
“It’s a hard song and he beats himself. I know many will disagree, but I feel sorry for him.’
Country group Little Big Town sings the national anthem for Game 2 on Saturday.
However, one person had some sympathy for Burton and claimed they felt sorry for him