John Amirante’s final anthem
John Amirante, long time National Anthem singer for New York Rangers games will sing his final anthem tonight. It will end a 35 year old run for the singer and life long Rangers fan.
[su_quote cite=”Newsday” url=”http://www.newsday.com/sports/hockey/rangers/john-amirante-s-35-year-run-of-singing-national-anthem-for-rangers-to-end-saturday-1.10294534″]”In my head it will be my best performance ever,” he said before the game. “I’ll treat it like it’s the first time I sang here. I’ll give it my all. I always gave it my all.”[/su_quote]
At 80 years of age, Amirante can still hold a tune. Long gone are the days of his over the top signature “and the rocket’s red glare”, but he still holds a very dear place in the hearts of Rangers fans.
I met John way back in the late 90’s. My company helped him out with a building permit issue on his house in Long Island. As a gift, he gave me two tickets to a Rangers game, front row. A true gentleman, that has touched so many Rangers fans lives in a positive way.
The good guys of We Bleed Blue, told me earlier this week that it could be Amirante’s last stand at the Garden and were upset that this was likely John’s swag song. Today, we learn that this truly is John’s last performance.
Good Luck and God Bless Mr. Amirante. Please enjoy his finest moment, Game 7, 1994 of the Stanley Cup Final.