To sing the national anthem before a major sporting event seems like such a simple task for any musical ensemble.
Sure some artists like to put their own spin on things but if you just sing it as its supposed to be sung and do it well, that’s always more than enough.
But not for Juno-award Tenors tonight in San Diego.
The Canadian quarter changed a lyric of O Canada as they made a political statement while singing the national anthem at the MLB all-star game.
The group based in British Columbia changed a line of the anthem during their on-field performance at Petco Park to “We’re all brothers and sisters, all lives matter to the great.”
The normal lyric is “With glowing hearts we see thee rise. The True North strong and free.”
One member of the four-man group held up a sign saying “All Lives Matter” while singing the altered lyrics. The words “United We Stand” were written on the back of the sign.
The Tenors are Port-McNeill born Clifton Murray, Fraser Walters, Remigio Pereira and Victor Micallef.
Tonight, the Tenors released a statement apologizing and singling out Boston-born Pereira for blame.
“The Tenors are deeply sorry for the disrespectful and misguided lack of judgment by one member of the group acting as a ‘lone wolf’ today during the singing of the Canadian national anthem at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in San Diego.”
The other members of the group are shocked and embarrassed by the actions of Remigio Pereira, who changed the lyrics of our treasured anthem and used this coveted platform to serve his own political views.”
Our sincere apologies and regrets go out to everybody who witnessed this shameful act, to our fellow Canadians, to Major League Baseball, to our friends, families, fans and to all those affected.”
The Tenors went on to add that Pereira will not be preforming with the group until further notice.
The Juno Award-winning group has recorded multiple platinum albums in Canada.
“All Lives Matter” has become a common online response in recent months to the “Black Lives Matter” movement, particularly after the police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
with files from Canadian Press