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Posted: Friday, August 16, 2019 2:20 pm

The concert to honor the 50th anniversary of the Coronado Bridge was marred by the inclusion of the Jimi Hendrix version of the Star Spangled Banner to open the venue.

His trashed up drug-induced version of our national anthem was an insult to all Coronadans, especially those who served our country during the 70s and 80s. The garish example reminded me of Roseanne Barr’s rendition of this prideful song at a Padres game some time ago. While we who served stood with our hands on our hearts, this version was a disgusting reminder of a time of serious protests, flag-burning and riots across our country. The promoters of the salute to a 50-year-old treasure should be ashamed for using the Hendrix drug-riddled version of a song which should unite all of us at public events. This country has had enough of the fist-raised, kneeling protests to something which should make us proud to be the greatest country in the world.

Regardless of your political affiliation, please join with me in condemning this travesty by making sure there is no repeat of this insult to all proud Americans.

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1 comment:

  • Ed Staples posted at 10:02 pm on Wed, Aug 21, 2019.

    Ed Staples Posts: 1

    Was it an insult to those who served in the military in the 1960's as well?

    Because one of those people is named PFC James Marshall Hendrix who served in the

    101st Airborne Army in the early 1960's, and was known to his friends as Jimi.

    Jimi Hendrix, an American original, whose extraordinary guitar abilities have made him

    a legend worldwide, with U.S. corporations paying millions of dollars to his family to associate

    his name and image with their products to this day.

    50 years ago, it was Hendrix' music which was being played all over Coronado when the

    bridge opened by young people who just could not get into Benny Goodman.

    Since then, have you not heard a creative version of the Star Spangled Banner performed by Beyonce, Marvin Gaye, Lady Gaga, Whitney Houston, Demi Lovato and others done in their own styles and arrangements? Or are those an insult as well?

    Having personally heard the old folks in Coronado complain about Hendrix' performance of the anthem at Woodstock in 1969, I never dreamed that I would hear the same exact thing in Coronado in 2019.