Santana Honoured America With A Deeply Weird Version Of The National Anthem

America: An extremely bizarre country that will let you completely butcher the National Anthem in any way you see fit, provided those in the vicinity stand and respect it. You could completely fuck it by farting through a theremin, and if people salute it, it’s ok.

To wit: Prior to the start of today’s NBA Finals Game 2 match-up between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, Bay Area legend Carlos Santana was hired to perform the Star Spangled Banner at Oracle Arena.

Rock legends performing sustain-laden renditions of the Anthem is nothing new, of course. Guitarists representing groups ranging from Metallica to Tool have famously played the tune at various sporting events in years past. But what pushes this one over the line is the drums.

Yes, drums.

Alongside Santana was his wife, drummer Cindy Blackman Santana, honouring America at about 180bpm.

Initial reaction to the tune has been fairly mixed. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue didn’t appear to be a fan of it.

Klay Thompson on the other hand was well into it.

As far as general punters are concerned, there were a big heap who were very much picking up what Santana was laying down…

…then there were those less than impressed with the whole shebang…

…and finally those quite rightly wondering just where in the living fuck is Rob Thomas.

No matter what the case, it sure as hell isn’t in the ball-park of Fergie at the All-Star Game.

In fact the more I think about it, the more I think that man, it’s a hot one…

Cheaps jokes are still jokes, folks.