In 1984, Lee Greenwood released a song that would go on to be known as an American anthem. Titled “God Bless the U.S.A.,” the track flew to the seventh spot on the Hot Country Songs chart, and also crossed over to claim the 16th position on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100.
The song has since been certified platinum by the RIAA, and remains Greenwood’s signature piece.
Greenwood has performed the song on many stages in many places through the years, from the Grand Ole Opry to Yankee Stadium.
More recently, Greenwood took to a different sports field to deliver yet another knockout performance of the song. And this time, he wasn’t alone.
On Saturday (November 2), Greenwood stepped onto the turf at the Neyland Stadium, the home of the University of Tennessee Volunteers. He performed “God Bless the U.S.A” with the help of the University marching band, also known as “The Pride of the Southland Marching Band.”
The band was celebrating its 150 anniversary, so it was extra special to have Greenwood there for their performance.
— Lee Greenwood (@TheLeeGreenwood) November 3, 2019
News station WVLT shared a video of Greenwood’s performance with the band, and it’s nothing short of spectacular.
Greenwood stood at the 50-yard-line and sang while the band surrounded him, forming a crescent shape. A line of band members stood behind him, holding a flag they finally unfurled toward the end of the song.
The crowd cheered like wild when the flag was finally visible. That moment is sure to give you chills when you watch it unfold in the video below.
We’ve heard Greenwood sing “God Bless the U.S.A.” more times than we can count, but we still get goosebumps whenever we hear him perform the song. We bet you have a similar reaction.