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Steven Tyler could have probably taken some notes from his fellow American Idol judges when he was prepping to sing the national anthem at Sunday's Patriots-Ravens AFC championship game. The Aerosmith frontman got heckled by the crowd at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., when he flubbed lyrics and sounded a bit pitchy (dawg!) during his game-opening performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Watch the video below!
The fans in attendance became vocal when the 63-year-old sang slightly incorrect lyrics to two lines: "as bomb bursting in air" instead of "the bombs bursting in air" and "oh the land of the free" instead of "o'er the land of the free."
The reaction shots of the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens players and coaches are pretty priceless. Tom Brady in particular seemed taken aback by Tyler's performance -- and he wasn't alone.
Twitter lit up with hundreds of insults from fans, including one from Greg Gutfeld, host of FOX News Channel's Red Eye and cohost of The Five. "i went outside to put a raccoon out of its misery -- then i realized my neighbor was watching Steven Tyler sing the Star-Spangled Banner," Gutfeld wrote.
Of course, this is Steven Tyler we're talking about: The "Dude Looks Like a Lady" singer isn't exactly known for his buttery smooth voice, but rather for his unique talent for melodic screeching. And, if you ask us, his "Star Spangled Banner" renditions sounded about on par with his other live performances.
At least classically-trained singer Kristin Chenoweth received a rousing response when she performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" later in the evening at the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
Tyler recently suffered a pretty nasty injury when he was traveling through Paraguay. He slipped and fell in the shower, and ended up losing his front tooth and getting a black eye. Tyler had to cancel one of his shows in the country, but rescheduled for the next night, explaining that he's not one to let fans down.
"Short of having my leg taken off, people are going to expect me to take the stage," the American Idol judge said at the time.
Despite the negative response to Tyler's performance, the singer's hometown Patriots defeated the Ravens 23-20 to advance to the Super Bowl.