Legendary lead singer of Aerosmith and current American Idol judge Steven Tyler will sing the national anthem before the Ravens and New England Patriots square off on Sunday at Gillette Stadium for the AFC Championship.
This isn’t Tyler’s first time at the rodeo however, as he has sung the national anthem before some pretty big-time events including the Indianapolis 500 and the 2010 Boston Bruins season-opener.
But there are ties to Boston for both he and the band and Tyler himself is no stranger to the New England Patriots. The links and ironies are so many, that it feels like the movie “Six Degrees of Separation“, only we’re not just discussing people.
Tyler moved to Boston from Yonkers, N.Y. in 1970 and the band eventually became known as “The Bad Boys from Boston”.
But it doesn’t stop there.
According to Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, “He’s been a loyal, good Pats fan.” Tyler has even performed the national anthem once before a Patriots regular season game in 1999. The opponent that day? The Indianapolis Colts, the home site being in Indianapolis, host of Super Bowl XLVI.
New England went on to win that game, but Ravens fans are hoping that this little “good luck charm” doesn’t send the Patriots onto the Super Bowl. Instead hoping he’ll be just the luck to get the Ravens to Indy.
Ready to have your mind blown again? The halftime performer for the Ravens Super Bowl XXXV win in 2001? You guessed it, Steven Tyler and Aerosmith.
Combating the force that is Idol judge Steven Tyler, the Ravens will have a force of their own, announcing that Orioles legend and Hall of Fame shortstop, Cal Ripken will be the honorary captain on field for the Ravens during the coin toss.
‘Rip’ was a good luck charm once before, being a guest of Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti during the Ravens 33-14 trouncing of the Patriots in the 2009 wild-card playoff game in New England.
Not only will the national stage be big with a huge viewing audience, there will be some pretty iconic stars on hand in the building as well.
Let’s just hope for one day, Tyler’s favorite color is “purple.”