Fall Out Boy
Fall Out Boy celebrated 2015’s Opening Day of their hometown Chicago Cubs by performing “Centuries” from the center of Wrigley Field. Pete Wentz revealed the band used to pass out fliers for their shows after games, so being able to perform there “has been a lifetime dream.” Frontman Patrick Stump later belted out the national anthem for Game 3 of the 2016 World Series, and the band will return to play a full set at the stadium in September of this year.
Aaron Lewis (Staind)
Staind frontman Aaron Lewis was tapped to perform the national anthem at Game 5 of the 2014 World Series. The vocalist got off to a good start before shuffling around some lyrics. Later, Lewis released an apology, citing nerves and “the intensity of the situation.”
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Bruno Mars began his Super Bowl XLVIII halftime performance with a children’s choir and a drum solo before rattling through a medley of hits. Three songs in, Mars and his band launched into Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Give It Away” as the alt-act made a surprise cameo behind him. While Mars’ overall set received mostly praise, RHCP were met with mixed reviews that stemmed from the band’s guitars not being plugged in and accusations they were faking it. Bassist Flea posted a letter to the band’s official site, revealing they were indeed miming the instrumental performance behind frontman Anthony Kiedis’ live vocals. The request was made by the NFL as to avoid any potential sound issues that could stem from the short time frame they had to set up, and Flea revealed they “would do it all the same way again.”
Forever The Sickest Kids
Forever The Sickest Kids’ Jonathan Cook, Caleb Turman and Austin Bello appeared at a face-off between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012 to harmonize their take on “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The trio’s contribution came as no surprise when it was announced a few months later that the band partnered with the NFL to tackle the theme song for their animated Nickelodeon series, NFL Rush Zone: Season Of The Guardians.
My Chemical Romance
If you thought “Teenagers” was the only time you’d see cheerleaders dancing to MCR, then you were sorely mistaken. The band embarked on The World Contamination Tour in 2010 in support of their final record, Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys. While in the midst of the European leg, they headed to London’s Wembley Stadium to serve as the pre-game entertainment for the NFL Pepsi Max International Series between the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos. The band pumped out “Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)” and “Welcome To The Black Parade” with the help of a synchronized routine from the 49ers cheerleaders and a contribution from the team’s drumline.
We The Kings
In 2011, We The Kings became involved with the New England Patriots through performing concerts inside Gillette Stadium and its neighboring Patriot Place shopping center as well as filming segments for the team’s web series. Frontman Travis Clark also took to the field for his version of the national anthem that same year. Clark went on to perform the anthem for several other teams including the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012 and the Orlando Magic in 2017.
Ian Farmer (Modern Baseball)
Here is Ian throwing the 1st pitch @ the Tampa Rays game! Last night of tour tn @ The Orpheum! Tickets @ the door! pic.twitter.com/I61z4vZMzB
— Modern Baseball (@ModernBaseball) July 3, 2016
In the summer of 2016, Modern Baseball embarked on a headliner with support from Joyce Manor and Thin Lips. The trek ended in Tampa, Florida, but before the band hit the stage for the final show, bassist Ian Farmer set out to throw the first pitch at a Tampa Bay Rays game. The band posted it in drama-inducing slow motion as seen above.
BONUS: Tyler Joseph (Twenty One Pilots)
This one happened before Twenty One Pilots officially formed, but frontman Tyler Joseph and former bassist Nick Thomas nailed this rendition of the national anthem at their high school’s senior night basketball game.