Grapevine: Singer apologizes over national anthem goof

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Staind rocker posts mea culpa over ‘Banner’ fudge

Singer Aaron Lewis of the rock band Staind has apologized for goofing the lyrics to the national anthem, which he sang before Game 5 of the World Series Sunday. It wasn’t a grave mistake; Roseanne Barr and Carl Lewis fared far worse. Aaron Lewis sang the “were so gallantly streaming” lyrics too soon. “All I can say is I’m sorry and ask for the Nation’s forgiveness,” he said in a statement Sunday night. “My nerves got the best of me and I am completely torn up about what happened. America is the greatest country in the world. The Star-Spangled Banner means so much to so many, including myself. I hope everyone can understand the intensity of the situation and my true intent of this performance. I hope that the Nation, Major League Baseball and the many fans of our national pastime can forgive me.”

Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin have split

People magazine confirms that Jennifer Lawrence and Coldplay’s Chris Martin have broken up. The pair began dating over the summer after the “Mockingjay” actress split from her boyfriend, Nicholas Hoult. Martin recently divorced Gwyneth Paltrow after 10 years of marriage.

‘Cosmos’ Neil deGrasse Tyson comes to Opera House

The host of “Cosmos” on the National Geographic Channel, scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson will visit the Detroit Opera House on Jan. 28 for “An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson,” presented by WDET. The award-winning astrophysicist and author will take the stage to talk about science, space and earth. Tickets, $51-$76, go on sale Nov. 7. Supporters of WDET have a chance to purchase ticket in advance.

A fan is rolled over by Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey fan Lori Geller Bender got a special photo opp with the television mogul after Oprah’s driver accidentally ran over her foot outside Prime 112 in Miami. Page Six reports that Oprah got out of the car to see if Bender was okay, and she was. “She couldn't have been nicer and more gracious,” Bender said. “It has always been on my bucket list to meet Oprah, but I could never have imagined it would be because her driver ran over my toe.”

Also ...

■Actress Marcia Strassman, 66, died in her California home Friday. Known for roles in “Welcome Back, Kotter” and “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” Strassman was diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

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