Madison Rising’s national anthem rock version at the beginning of Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Daytona had race car drivers chuckle, fans shaking their heads, and some officials wishing they would have picked someone else. According to a Feb. 22, 2014, ABC News report, the full version of Madison Rising’s national anthem is about four minutes long, but the rock band “agreed to cut it in half for the race.”
Even though the rock band is known for being “America's most patriotic rock band," Saturday’s guitar-heavy rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" has received reviews like “awful,” “the worst,” “abysmal,” “jaw-dropping,” and the band has been named “butchers.”
Madison Rising’s national anthem interpretation did leave Keselowski and Danica Patrick with puzzled looks on their faces near the end of the song.
Before Saturday’s performance, lead singer Dave Bray said that the band had taken some liberties with the song, musically and melodically.
“We wanted to make it a rock song people could sing and enjoy. The reverence is still there, but it has sort of taken on the death march in a way. It's very sullen and sung in a very sullen way. We thought it should be more of a celebratory rock anthem."
Madison Rising’s national anthem four-minute version has more than five million views on YouTube with comments ranging from “love it” to “the worst thing ever.” After seeing the video of the shortened Daytona version above -- was it the worst rendition of the national anthem ever?