Did Steven Tyler completely butcher our national anthem? Listen to his version here, prior to the 2012 AFC Championship game.

Rating: 3.8 / 5.0 (219 Votes)
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I've heard worse. Regardless of how you like his style, he knew the song, knew the words and hit the notes just fine - even the high ones. Good lord, do you really expect Steven Tyler not to sound like Steven Tyler? He's a blues/rock singer, and a very good one. If you don't want the anthem to sound like it's being sung by a rock singer, get someone other than a rock singer to do it!

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GREAT JOB STEVEN! BEST I've seen n heard in years! Doesn't have to sound like opera to be respectful and heartfelt. What assholes to criticize!

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Wow!At that age your still the best!

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Steven Tyler is awesome! He still has it and his voice is unique to him. Great Job, Steven!!!

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He killed it! I loved this performance...it was so...atypical. It carried such a rocker vibe to the point where it made it beyond memorable! Some people may not like "grungy" aspect of his tone for the National Anthem, but I think it works for him. In the beginning he was a bit pitchy, but the performance still has a "je ne sais quoi" aspect to it, especially the tapered ending at the end! :-D

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It was fine. That's they way he sounds & that's the way he sings.

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He did fine. His voice is, obviously, not what it once was. When I first heard it, I was pissed because I thought he was pulling a Roseanne. When I saw it, my feelings changed because he was definitely NOT trying to show disrespect. He did the best he could ... and that is an American trait.

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STEVEN TYLER IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE AN AMZING AND TALENTED FREAKIN ROCKSTAR
How many other people have you seen butcher the national anthem, if you ask us...he definitly did it justice he sounded and looked....AMAZING!!!!!! he put his own spin on it because thats what he is most known for. We'd say for a 63 year old man he still has it!!!

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Steven Tyler being Steven Tyler....right from the heart...loved it!

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HE DIDN'T DO THAT BAD I MEANT TO SAY.

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