Singer/songwriter James Taylor became the latest star to mess up America's National Anthem at a major sporting event when he sang the wrong lyrics to The Star Spangled Banner at the World Series on Thursday night (24Oct13) in Boston, Massachusetts. The big occasion appeared to get the better of the Sweet Baby James hitmaker, who inadvertently started singing the lyrics to unofficial anthem, America the Beautiful, which he was set to perform towards the end of the game between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals.
Taylor quickly realised his error and got back on track, prompting Boston radio personality Marc Bertrand to tweet, "Even when James Taylor messes up he makes it sound good. Smooth transition right there."
And he led a sing-along of America the Beautiful at the ballpark during the game's seventh-inning stretch.
The St. Louis Cardinals won the game 4-2 to level the series at 1-1.
After years of wallowing in dissatisfaction with the world, you might be noticing that things are suddenly starting to align with your cherished childhood tastes. They're making new movies out of things you used to love — G.I. Joe, Stretch Armstrong, RoboCop. The actors you once admired — Amanda Bynes and the guy from Young Hercules — are now holding fast to the spotlight. And the musicians you admired, fawned over, wrote alarmingly specific fan letters to, are finally getting the recognition they deserve: the Backstreet Boys have earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Variety reports that BSB took the 2,485th star on the Los Angeles alleyway on Monday morning. And while the 11-year-old devotee of the band still brimming wildly in your heart revels in the announcement, your present adult form... is also pretty ecstatic, yeah. Because hey, maybe you don't like to admit it around your classic rock aficionado spouse or concert pianist sibling or that really attractive dude that just so happens to be an award-winning composer, but a few of the Backstreet Boys' hits were actually pretty damn catchy.
So don't feel as though you need to hide your enthusiasm. Celebrate this long-in-the-waiting moment. Congratulations to the quintet whose origins date back to 1993 Orlando. You've earned this... at least, as far as the impassioned fourth grader who still lives inside each of us is concerned.
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Iron Man 2 star Don Cheadle was shocked to watch the horror of the Boston Marathon bombings unfold in Massachusetts on Monday (15Apr13) as his daughter is preparing to move to the city. The actor admits the explosions, which ripped through the crowds close to the finish line of the annual race, were especially worrying for him as a parent because his teenage daughter Ayana Tai is planning to relocate to Boston for her studies.
He tells U.K. talk show Daybreak, "It was shocking for me especially because my oldest just got accepted to school in Boston. She'll be going there in the fall...
"It's really troubling obviously when anything like this happens. There's a real knee-jerk sort of reaction to jump to conclusions about what this is, but we don't know what it is yet so we really have to take our time and figure out (sic) and sift through all the evidence."
Three people, including an eight-year-old boy, were killed on Monday when two bombs exploded near the final stretch of the Boston Marathon. More than 170 others were injured in the atrocity, which is being investigated by the FBI as an act of terrorism.
Boston, Massachusetts native Donnie Wahlberg and actor Michael Chiklis were among the concerned Americans who took to Twitter.com on Monday (15Apr13) in a bid to make sure loved ones and friends in the city were OK after the double blast that marred the famous marathon. Wahlberg was hoping to get an update from his New Kids On The Block bandmate Joey McIntyre, who was running in the race, while Chiklis just urged family members to get in touch with him.
McIntyre assured Wahlberg and his followers he was OK, revealing he had crossed the finish line just five minutes before the blasts sent debris and smoke towering over the last stretch of the marathon, killing two people and injuring many more.
Relieved to hear his bandmate was unharmed, Wahlberg tweeted: "Going to be off twitter for a while today. Many friends and loved ones to check in on. Please #PrayforBoston and all those impacted by this."
Meanwhile, Chiklis wrote, "To all my people back home. Please let me know that you are alright."
And thoughts and prayers were tweeted by Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Rob Lowe, Elizabeth Hurley and Simon Cowell, who wrote: "Watching the news. Horrendous. Please god no more bombs. Stay safe America."
Bette Midler urged her followers not to jump to conclusions about possible terrorist attacks, adding, "Terrible news out of Boston. But before we jump to conclusions about the perps (perpetrators), we should wait; too many crazies (with agendas) to count."
And Alicia Keys tweeted: "Shaken… My thoughts and prayers are with the city of Boston and those affected by this tragedy," while her pop peer Pink added, "Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the explosions in Boston."
Earlier in the day, Lindsay Lohan, Eva Longoria and actress Chloe Grace Moretz were among the first celebrities to comment on the shocking incident, and U.S. leader Barack Obama staged a press conference at the White House, in which he stated, "The American people will say a prayer for Boston tonight... We don't have all the answers but we do know that multiple people have been wounded, some gravely."
He added, "Make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this and we will find out who did this and we will find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice."