Grammy-nominated singer Eric Burton lost track of lyrics during “The Star-Spangled Banner” ahead of Friday night’s World Championship opener between Houston and Philadelphia.
The Black Pumas captain, 33, opened the first game of the Fall Classic Friday with the national anthem, but his performance was marked by multiple lyrical errors and pitch issues.
With players and staff lined up on the field for the traditional pre-game party, and a giant American flag fluttered across the field, Burton was off track in the second line.
He sang: “What can we be proud of in the last broadcast of Twilight” instead of “The Shining”.
He correctly continued, “from his broad outlines and shining stars during the perilous combat.”
But then, instead of “Were the fences we watched bravely pouring?” He slipped back to “What We Proudly Sing On The Last Twilight Night” before we sing again “flowing” instead of “shining.”
Grammy-nominated singer Eric Burton lost track of lyrics during ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’
The leader of the Black Pumas opened the first game of the fall classic with the national anthem
But the 33-year-old’s performance was marked by multiple lyrical errors and issues on the court
Players from the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros stand for the national anthem
Burton performed during Primetime America’s inauguration of President Joe Biden in January 2021
Burton then correctly picked up the phrase “missile red glow, bomb goes off in the air” and ended up calmly.
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 a televised gala last year for President Joe Biden’s inauguration.
He is no stranger to big plays, having performed at the Grammys, Today Show, Late Show, Tiny Desk Concert, Jimmy Kimmel Live as well as Biden’s inauguration.
Burton shakes hands with Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker (right) after handing him over
Burton and band member Mickey Gayton (left) perform at the CMT Music Awards in April
Burton also performed at the Governors Ball Music Festival at Citi Field earlier this year
Naturally, social media users were quick to spot mistakes when they identified Burton for “not knowing” the words of the national anthem.
Aaaaa and we already spoiled the national anthem. The World Championship is a great start.
Another in disbelief asked: “Did this guy play the national anthem in front of the nation in the first match?”
Echoing their last thoughts, he asked: “Has anyone else heard the slaughtered national anthem?!”
Social media users were shocked to believe on Twitter after his flawed performance
One viewer was also dumbfounded, claiming that Burton “has one job”. He said: Dude, you have one job. How do you spoil the words of the national anthem in the World Championships? This *** will not happen in Philly! “
Another social media user, clearly supporting the Phillies, posted the following: “Let’s hope the Astros play as badly as Eric Burton’s national anthem performance. of. #flat #RedOctober #WorldSeries. ‘
Meanwhile, one viewer offered scathing criticism, writing: “This national anthem is so bad, how would it sound like rubbish and spoil it so many times”
Others on social media were quick to narrate the failed show, calling it “trash.”
One Twitter user offered wise advice, saying: “If you don’t know the lyrics to the national anthem, don’t sing it on national TV.”
However, someone showed some sympathy for Burton, claiming to feel sorry for him.
They said, “My heart goes out to the man who sang our national anthem in Houston.” He did his best to sing the song traditionally, had a beautiful voice, and jumbled the verses.
– It’s a hard song, and he slaps himself. I know many would disagree, but I feel sorry for him.
Little Big Town will sing the anthem before game two on Saturday.
However, someone showed some sympathy for Burton, claiming to feel sorry for him
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