Before the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Denver Broncos Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, something other than anticipation for the game got the crowd riled up. That’s when the lead singer from The Eli Young Band stumbled during his performance of the national anthem. The band apologized for the flub on Tuesday.
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!”
Kudos to Eli and the rest of the band for acknowledging the screw up. It would have been easy for them to pretend it never happened and wait a blink for it to blow over instead of addressing the situation.
What surprised me most about this was how quickly the boos took over Arrowhead. He didn’t forget the words on purpose. Yikes.