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Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready gives Hendrix-esque performance of “Star-Spangled Banner” — watch

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    God Bless America and all that jazz, but our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner”, is distinctly lacking. Francis Scott Key’s masterpiece might contain talk of exploding rockets and eternal perseverance, but whether it’s sung by this firecracker or Roseanne, it just feels too stuffy and stoic for my taste. (I mean, it definitely doesn’t have the panache of Pakistan’s anthem.)

    But then Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready recently stepped up with his rendition, and I think we’ve got something worth standing and saluting. During Tuesday night’s MLS Cup playoff match between FC Dallas and Seattle Sounders FC, McCready took to the center line to deliver a stirring instrumental take on the 200-year-old song. Reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix’s iconic cover, McCready’s version is big and booming, an anthemic (pun intended) ditty that snarls with a mix of majesty and reverb. Plus, to paraphrase Daniel Tosh, if you promised me all games involved this, I’d totally become a soccer fan for once.

    Catch the replay below. U-S-A, U-S-A!

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