Rain also sidelined anthem before Steelers game
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Vince Neil of Motley Crue warmed up several hours before Steelers game time, belting out the National Anthem before the stadium gates opened.
Turns out, that's the only time he got to sing it Monday night.
A 15-minute postponement of the kickoff because of lightning resulted in the cancellation of Neil singing the Star Spangled Banner before the game.
"I think it was, in hindsight, the wrong decision," Steelers president Art Rooney II said today.
Rooney said Steelers officials were going to lead Neil onto the field to sing the anthem as the players came out of the locker room to warm up. However, Rooney asked them to wait because the fans, too, took cover when lightning struck and few were in their seats.
By the time the crowd returned to the stands, ESPN and the league did not want the anthem interfering with the broadcast.
"They waited, and then the league and the network said now we don't have a window," Rooney said. "It's unfortunate and certainly something we hope never happens again."
Combined with the massive playing surface problems, "it was a tough night,'' Rooney said.
But . . . "We won. The last minute of the game went right; that was about it.''
First Published November 27, 2007 5:46 pm