Rene Rancourt: I needed fans’ help with anthem




Boston Bruins national anthem singer Rene Rancourt said Wednesday night’s stirring rendition of the national anthem at Boston’s first major sports event since the Marathon bombing was his most memorable ever.

He also said he worried about being able to get through it. He began the anthem, then put down his microphone and let the TD Garden crowd take it from there.

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“I’m sure that the people didn’t even realize how much help I actually did need. It was wonderful. The sound was carrying me, lifting me up in the room. It was just something indescribable,” Rancourt said in an interview on WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan program Thursday morning. “I’m afraid I would have probably broken up a few times during the anthem. I’m not ashamed to admit that.”

Rancourt said the Bruins approached him with the idea of letting the fans sing the anthem.

“I was very nervous … what if you stop singing and nothing happens? It went more than well. I’m just so proud for having been part of it,” he said.