In honor of the Fourth of July, we rounded up some of the best patriotic moments in the scene. From John Nolan belting out “God Bless America” to Metallica rocking out for the national anthem, check out some performances below.
Alex Gaskarth, ALL TIME LOW
All Time Low wrapped up their spring 2015 Future Hearts tour in their hometown of Baltimore. While home, the pop-punk act headed to an Orioles game where frontman Alex Gaskarth gave his take on the national anthem.
Metallica’s James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett brought out their guitars for a truly electric performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Game 5 of the 2015 NBA Finals. The Californians each repped Golden State Warriors gear as the team prepared to face off against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The band revealed they like to support their hometown teams, which is why they agreed to perform.
John Nolan, TAKING BACK SUNDAY
New York Mets fan and Taking Back Sunday guitarist/vocalist John Nolan melded his two loves of baseball and music back in 2014. The musician was invited on the field where he performed his a cappella rendition of “God Bless America.” While he described the experience as “one of the coolest things [he’s] ever done,” he also detailed a fear of not wanting to mess it up.
Joey Belladonna, ANTHRAX
In September 2016, Anthrax’s Joey Belladonna took to the field at a Chicago Cubs game to offer his rendition of the national anthem. Later that year, Belladonna appeared at the Chicago Bulls’ ‘80s night to perform the anthem from center court.
Patrick Stump, FALL OUT BOY
Fall Out Boy performed at 2015’s Opening Day of their hometown Chicago Cubs, and they will return to play a full set at the stadium in September of this year. In addition to full band performances, frontman Patrick Stump accepted the honor of belting out the national anthem for Game 3 of the 2016 World Series.
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.”
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.
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.
Flea, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea is probably the last person you’d expect to join contemporary vocalist Josh Groban for a performance of the national anthem, but he did and it totally worked.
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.