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At Game 3 of the NHL’s Western Conference Finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Los Angeles Kings over the weekend, things got off to a patriotic start thanks to a performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by legendary former (always?) Guns ‘n’ Roses guitarist Slash.
Doing a shredded-out rendition of the United States’ national anthem has been a standard trick since Jimi Hendrix did it back in the 60s, but Slash’s version was a lot more earnestly patriotic in tone than the Hendrix performance. That’s because the performance was conceived as a commemoration of Memorial Day weekend, and Slash was joined on the ice by Sergeant Corey Lamel of the U.S. Marine Corps during the song.
If you’d like to do a little Memorial Day celebrating (or just honor some fallen rockers), you can watch Slash’s performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Staple Center in the video below.
God bless America: