UPDATE: The Eil Young band just sent out an apology for faltering in their national anthem performance. Read it after the jump ...
After the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Denver Broncos on Sunday, there were three losers: The anemic Broncos who firmed up their position in the AFC West basement, their now-former head coach Josh McDaniels who was fired after the loss, and country act The Eli Young Band.
The Texas-based band was on the field at Arrowhead to sing the national anthem, which was probably not that huge of a gig for the group with a rising national profile. They've been on The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live and performed at the Grand Ole Opry. What's the national anthem at a football game? Apparently it's too much.
Lead singer Mike Eli forgot the words, then limply
restarted only to forget the words again, blowing the song as Kansas
City fans mercilessly booed him.
The crooner got as far as, "What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?" before failing to remember the lyrics. As bundled up red-clad fans booed the quartet,
Eli started again, only to realize that he really, really didn't remember the next couple of lines and skipped to "And the rockets' red glare,
the bombs bursting in air," before wrapping up the song. Ouch.
And, as Chiefs fans always do, they paused their booing to howl "And the home of the Chiefs!" at the song's conclusion. Because altering the National Anthem to support a sports team is perfectly acceptable, but accidentally blowing a verse or two is a major sin.
The Eli Young Band would like to apologize to the fans
in attendance at this weekend's Kansas City Chiefs game, as well as
anyone who was offended by the performance. Lead singer Mike Eli has
performed the Anthem at numerous sporting events (including the 2010
NCAA Cotton Bowl Classic) and was honored when asked to perform at their
fist NFL game at Arrowhead Stadium. Severe technical difficulties
combined with nerves threw the singer off track and got the best of him.
"I'd like to apologize to the Kansas City Chiefs and their fans," said
Eli. "I was hoping to give you a better performance. I take singing our
National Anthem very seriously and look forward to singing it again in
the future. I promise to knock it out of the park the next time!"