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Nationwide at Daytona Band

WE DON'T SUCK

Our Rock N' Roll National Anthem Was Awesome!

2/24/2014 4:04 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

022414_star_spangled_banner_launchThe band that performed an unusual rock and roll version of the National Anthem at the Nationwide at Daytona race is firing back at haters -- insisting their song was super patriotic ... and not a horrible disgrace.

TMZ Sports spoke with the lead singer of Madison Rising ... who tells us the band has been getting a serious backlash from some NASCAR fans who didn't like their guitar-heavy version ... with some people calling them "disgraceful" and "disrespectful."

But Dave Bray -- who also happens to be a Navy veteran tells us ... "We know NASCAR has some of the most patriotic fans in the country, so I'm obviously disappointed that we didn't make a better impression."

"But the vast majority have come out with goose bumps, tears in their eyes and our version downloaded onto their iPods to listen to every day."

Bray adds, "The mission of Madison Rising is to help restore a sense of pride back into this country, and we are absolutely thrilled it’s having that effect.”

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14 COMMENTS

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1.

Thizz √$    

They rock

150 days ago
2.

Marina326    

It was awful. Because they can't sing. Ugh

150 days ago
3.

Jamie    

They didn't do the national anthem for the Daytona 500, it was the Nationwide race (DRIVE4COPD 300) on Saturday and it was bad.

150 days ago
4.

Unbroken Chain    

They were terrible. At least they didn't put another redneck country singer up there for once. One of these idiot rappers should try it some time. Not that any of them can sing but maybe they can talk it since that's all TE skill rappers posses

150 days ago
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H8Kardash    

They really did suck

150 days ago
6.

Luke    

They didn't change the words and was not the worst rendition theirs only so many times you can hear it the same boring way I like their originality

150 days ago
7.

Cool Breeze    

I was there. Besides being a disgrace. They Sucked.

150 days ago
8.

Mary P    

They were awful. I thought it was a South Park parody. Out of key, the singer was way, way off key and the band sounded like they were playing different songs.

And the singer actually did get one of the words wrong. My Air Force vet husband, my Army vet Dad and my Navy (ret.) grandfather thought it was atrocious. A co-worker of my husband's who was there posted on my husband's status on FB about it and said "It sounded just as bad live".

Nascar's Senior VP (odsteve) posted on Twitter when someone made a joke about putting Madison Rising on the PA during the rain delay - "Uhhh NO".

150 days ago
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James R. - Los Angeles    

Your band vs obamacare - tied for first place for SUCKING!

150 days ago
10.

static    

They sucked on all 8 cylinders.

150 days ago
11.

Woowoo2    

It wasn't the Daytona 500. It was the Nationwide race. They still sucked.

150 days ago

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