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Steven Page mangles national anthem

By Dan Steinberg

When the Caps played the Rangers in Madison Square Garden last week, there was lots of online chatter about how Steven Page -- former frontman of Barenaked Ladies -- had done a number on the national anthem.

Well, via @vtmercuria, I can now confirm that yes, Page did not technically recite the lyrics flawlessly. Here's how NY Hockey Girls described it:

Mr. Page is most definitely Canadian and proceeded to prove it by mangling the words to the Star Spangled Banner. He actually just skipped the "gallantly streaming" line which may be better because as we've discussed before some of the neanderthals in the garden think we say "screaming" even though the words are displayed on both sides of the ice.

So maybe Page was just trying to annoy the neanderthals at the Garden. Anyhow, no one really knows what a rampart is. The good part comes about a minute in.

By Dan Steinberg  | November 15, 2010; 10:59 AM ET
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Wait, he's not with Barenaked Ladies anymore?!

Posted by: misschatter | November 15, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, he's out. Hadn't been happy in the band for some time; formally left in early '09. Had a few legal problems, too.

Posted by: Gunga2009 | November 15, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I've been a fan of Barenaked Ladies for years and seen them in concert many times. As well as bungling the lyrics, Steve's voice was definately off from the time I'd head him live.

Posted by: patmanbnl | November 15, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I was half paying attention to that on TV and thought I heard him skip a line - I guess he did. Still, it wasn't as bad as the singer in Buffalo finding the on-ice camera and giving it a wink and the ol' six-shooter during the last line of the anthem. Nice lounge act.

Posted by: AndrewKB | November 15, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

it's beeeeeen ONE WEEK since this was relevant!

Posted by: GFisher1 | November 15, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Better than the screeching cat wearing a Steven Tyler suit for the Bruins' home opener anthem.

Posted by: breaklance | November 16, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Hey, look! It's Enrico Pallazzo!

Posted by: Grooven | November 16, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

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