Friday, April 13, 2012

Flashback Friday: Slash Plays the National Anthems at the 2005 Home Opener

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It's one of the highest honours for a musician; the opportunity to play the National Anthem at Major League Baseball game. Unfortunately, often times these performances are remembered for all the wrong reasons (ie: Roseanne Barr).

Thankfully, there is one National Anthem performance at the Blue Jays Home Opener that has stuck with me all these years for all the right reasons. And it turns out not even one note had to be sung to make it a memorable National Anthem performance.

I'm happy to announce that Flashback Fridays are back once again, and for the inaugural Flashback Friday of 2012, we go into the Blue Jays vault and take a look at Slash's performance of the National Anthems at the 2005 Home Opener.

With the good though comes the bad, as Slash committed perhaps one of the biggest jersey fouls in Blue Jays history; he donned a half Blue Jays/half Red Sox jersey hybrid. In an attempt to appeal to both cities, Slash actually did a disservice to both teams.


The above photo of Slash is also incredibly rare for three reasons: he isn't wearing a hat, he isn't wearing sunglasses, and slash is actually sort of smiling. It also shows the full-on atrocity of the Jays/Sox jersey hybrid.

The Blue Jays must have really been going for the hip factor at the 2005 Home Opener because they also recruited Julian, Ricky and Bubbles from the Trailer Park Boys to throw out the first pitch.


For anthems where not one single word was sung, it definitely resonated with the crowd. I don't know whether this was an attempt for the Blue Jays to look a little more hip in 2005, but it definitely worked as Slash was flawless in his performance.

Images courtesy of Getty Images

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