When it comes to performing the U.S. national anthem at sporting events, even the best singers have been blasted on social media for their versions — just ask such performers as Fergie, Lady Antebellum and Rachel Platten, each of whom racked up negative headlines after taking on “The Star-Spangled Banner”.
On Wednesday, the iconic anthem got a shot of heavy-metal attitude thanks to Metallica’s James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett whipping the crowd into a frenzy with their guitar-driven take on the tune to open Game 3 of the NBA Finals in Oakland, California, where the Golden State Warriors took on the Toronto Raptors.
Longtime Warrios fans, the guitarists crunched into an instrumental version of the anthem to delight the crowd, as can be seen in the video above.
Not nearly so delighting, however, was the opposing anthem, with “O Canada” sung by Saskatchewan country singer Tenille Arts.
Reaction on Twitter was pretty definitive when it came to who won the anthem battle, with victory going to the Metallica guitarists’ “Star-Spangled Banner”.
Meanwhile the response to Arts’ “O Canada” was… not great.