January 23, 2012, - 11:47 am

VIDEO – National Anthem Disgrace: Dude Looks Like a (Skanky) Lady & Can’t Sing

By Debbie Schlussel

If he had any dignity–and it’s Steven Tyler, so he doesn’t–he’d have either declined to sing the national anthem, insisted on lip-syncing a pre-recorded, highly tweaked/sythesized version, or at the very least brought Joe Perry along to play guitar loud enough to drown out his lack of a singing voice.  If ex-“American Idol” judge Simon Cowell were critiquing this, this transvestite would NOT be going to Hollywood. Someone needs to do a parody video of this, working in some of Simon’s usual comments. Oh, and don’t forget that this is the same moron who said that Bin Laden attacked us because we didn’t give Afghanistan any money (when, as I pointed out, we gave billions and nearly $118 million just in agricultural aid over the year previous to the 9/11 attacks). File Under: Don’t Shut Up and Sing. Just Shut Up! Aside from that, I’m not so sure a guy who got a 14-year-old’s parents to sign her over to him as her guardian–so he could have sex with her–should ever get the chance to sing the National Anthem anywhere . . . except in prison.

Check out the horrendous “singing” below . . .

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31 Responses

He could use a quart of formaldehyde. Looks like he’s low and starting to dry up.

DS_ROCKS! on January 23, 2012 at 11:56 am

Oops! He did it again – the 2001 Indy 500,if you remember….and now this. But I’m still pulling for The Patriots.

Phineas on January 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm

all i can think of is “Dude looks like a lady”…h aha what a disgrace to this nation! I am embarrased

Steve on January 23, 2012 at 12:03 pm

American Idol’s ratings have taken a big hit this year. I believe that Tyler’s presence and Cowell’s absence are the two main causes of this decline. Tyler grunts audibly when he sees a hottie (he did so the other night). I can’t stand to look at him. Fortunately, there is Ms. Lopez to balance him out…

Concerned Citizen on January 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm

I hate how the representatives of the urban community have been mangling our anthem for a long time now.

lexi on January 23, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Looks like a cross between Michael Jackson and Chewbacca.

CornCoLeo on January 23, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Debbie this why I love you. You say what needs to be said. Like the fact that retarded singers/celebrities feel the need to butcher our national anthem. This “man” is especially repugnant. He has a history of liking girls as young as fourteen and during the second week on American Idol he told a young girl of 15 that she was hot and spicey. With her dad and whole family standing right there. They need to take this pervert off of AI before their ratings continue to slide into the toilet.

ken b on January 23, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Gee, where are our drones when we need them?

Fran on January 23, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Meh. I’ve heard a lot worse. This soundbite wound up becoming a staple of the Howard Stern show for years:


Irving on January 23, 2012 at 2:41 pm

When I was in high school (1993-1997), Aerosmith was one of my favorite rock bands at the time and I was a fan of Steven Tyler, over the last number of years the guy’s been a little overrated, etc.

And I’m a little ashamed that he couldn’t have sing our national anthem clearly, kinda like in Super Bowl 45 last year where a pop musican singer (I can’t remember the girl’s name, because I don’t listen to that type of music) mocked and quasi made fun of our national anthem. And I remember DS writing a article about that singer BS with our anthem in last seasons Super Bowl game.

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on January 23, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Hey Tyler, the long hair was cool in the 70’s, but that was 40 years ago.

Truth on January 23, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I agree wholeheartedly with everything you wrote about Tyler himself, but I didn’t think the anthem was all that bad. Please don’t misunderstand, it was light years away from the BEST rendition I’ve heard, but it was equally distant from being the worst. At least when I heard it, I was able to instantly identify it as “The Star Spangled Banner”. The same cannot be said of the hundreds of versions of the anthem performed by the pop, soul, or rap flavor of the week who feels it is his/her job to “improve” on what Francis Scott Key wrote. I’m used to most people calling me a boor because I cringe whenever I hear a recording of the infamous Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix, or Jose Feliciano manglings. This is one area in which the Mexicans have the right idea: there is one accepted manner in which to perform their anthem, and it is a crime to deviate.

I don’t know if any of you remember the late Roger Doucette. He was the gentleman who performed the anthems at Montreal Canadiens games for eons, and I have yet to have heard anyone do either of our anthems any better. M. Doucette remarked that he wasn’t the star, the anthems were. We would be much better off if more performers understood that fact.

Rick Nordstrom on January 23, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Way back in the 70’s-80’s, when I was still in Ohio, there was a guy named Rocko Scotty (last name is probably spelled differently) that regularly did the anthem at Cleveland Indians’ games. The pop singers could learn a few things from singers like Mr Doucette and Rocko.

    CornCoLeo on January 23, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Debbie it wasn’t that bad. He more or less got the words right, sang a recognizable melody and did his best with the voice he has left. I’m just glad that Gwynneth Paltrow didn’t push her way onto the stage.

A1 on January 23, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    A1, I am long bored of your double-entendre flirts at DS but I gotta give ya props…your Gwynneth Paltrow line made me laugh at loud!!!! On ya, A1!!!

    Skunky on January 23, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Man! That was a fork in a garbage disposal!

P. Aaron on January 23, 2012 at 6:33 pm

if this dork is a musician

how come he can’t sing in tune

prestigio on January 23, 2012 at 7:42 pm

I’d like to hear Adele sing the anthem.

Occam's Tool on January 24, 2012 at 1:27 am

I’m NO fan of Steven Tyler but as a musician myself on and off for the last 20-25 years I have heard far far worse. This was not that bad. I think what people are griping on is the fact that it was “Tylerized” with his trademark yowls and growls. I know Tyler could sing his a** off when he wants to but at 60+ his voice is nothing like it was at 20 or 30 something.

warptek on January 24, 2012 at 3:37 am

I suffered through this travesty. What has happened to the world of sports that permits this no talent “Singer” to denigrate our national anthem? Whete was the owner and management of the Patriots football team. Obviously, they would have final say on this matter.

In general though, the lowering of sports/entertainment standards is nothing new. Just look at the past halftime “Entertainment” at the Superbowls. This year we can look forward to that paragon of good taste – Madonna. They’ll probably have a moment of silence foe Amy Winehouse.

On another topic, speaking of memorials. As an ex Pennsylvanian, I am OUTRAGED that the State of Pennsylvania ordered State flags be flown at half staff in honor of Joe Paterno. We now lower flags for football coaches (Let’s face it, that was what he was) who have been raised to heroic status by the mediapimps. Shameful. This lowering of this standard is beyond the pale. Hiow about lowering the flag – countrywide – to honor all who have made the supreme sacrifice defending our country? To lower the flag for a man who covered his butt while in full knowledge of child abuse being committed by one of his assistants is, in my book, a criminal act and a sure sign of a lack of personal moral understanding. He did not take action – just hoped everything would slide by. There are things more important than football games.

Herbster on January 24, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Correct on JoePa. He was an obscenely well paid coach who let little (already traumatized) kids get raped on his watch and didn’t call the cops in. The easy thing to do on this would be to contact the University Attorney and FOLLOW THE ADVICE. But Joe didn’t have the brains G-d gave an Attwater Prairie Chicken. He wasn’t a great man—he was a putz.

    Occam's Tool on January 24, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Thank the Lord I am old enough to remember Kate Smith singing “God Blee America!”

Herbster on January 24, 2012 at 8:01 am

Absolutely disgusting. How sad, no criminal that our national anthem has been desecrated by human trash.

Naomi R on January 24, 2012 at 9:17 am

Go to Chicago and watch before a Blackhawk game the national anthem, done the right way, they cheer and they repsectfully shout in approval. If the NFL were smart, they would get in touch with that singer and have him do it in Indianapolis. It is unreal.

Mike C on January 24, 2012 at 9:47 am

Gvie us a break, all you Steve Tyler-haters. Consider:

First, the man is a Boston/New England local. It’s every bit as logical for Patriots management to have him sing our National Anthem as it is for the San Francisco Giants or 49ers to have Huey Lewis and the News to sing the anthem at their events, which they have several times.

Second, Tyler is 63, soon to be 64. Even Pavarotti had problems hitting high notes at that age.

Third, he didn’t intentionally set out to embarrass anyone. In other words, he wasn’t doing what Roseanne Barr did back in 1989.

Finally, he’s shown he’s a great singer with balls, feeling and energy. He has nothing left to prove. He’s been there, done that. Anyone who thinks they can head a band for 40 years and do better — well, have it. Aerosmith rocks.

Seek on January 24, 2012 at 11:18 am

Even Ray Lewis had to spit during this drek. Way to go Ray.

Panhandle on January 24, 2012 at 11:26 am

I guess if I was on American Idol and had to listen to this has-been criticize my performance I’d be tempted to say, “Well then get your butt up on this stage and do it better, Stevie.” Put a fork in this guy. He’s done.

DG in GA on January 24, 2012 at 6:21 pm

You are all dumb. He sang a hard song as good as he can, and what more would you ask of an aging Rock and Roll singer from the 70’s? It was not the best rendition ever, but its better than messing it up like other singers did. he got every word right and didn’t add words that are not there like many R&B singers do.

Papi Jones on January 25, 2012 at 12:17 am

Deb-I have heard far, far worse renditions of the anthem. BTW…what exactly is your beef with Steven Tyler having a 14 year-old signed over to him as legal guardian. I have not heard that story, it must be from the ’70’s when this type of thing was “acceptable”….aren’t you confusing with with Ted Nugent? You should write about him…he’s obnoxious, opinionated from Detroit, I like him & his politics…have a field day. Down with Ibn Obama!

Steve Epps on January 25, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Unlike a lot of rock stars in his age group, Tyler needs to mature. He’s still trying to stay like he was 35 years ago and can’t keep up. Even Mick Jagger has the sense to mature to some degree. Tyler is almost embarassing to watch now, even when he’s with Aerosmith.

Doc Holliday on January 25, 2012 at 6:25 pm

It was as bad as Roseanne Barr’s “screeching” of the National Anthem. I don’t know if he was trying to be fuuny or what but I sure didn’t appreciate it.

Paul on January 25, 2012 at 8:13 pm

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