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Thirty Years Ago, Michael Bolton Wowed Cincinnati with His Rendition of the National Anthem

Michael Bolton en concert à Paris dans les années 90 Photo by ARNAL/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Michael Bolton is a force of nature.

Thirty years ago this week, he was a force for good, singing the national anthem before game 4 of the 1990 World Series, when the Cincinnati Reds completed their sweep of the Oakland A’s for their first world championship in 14 years.

Enjoy.

To quote Michael Bolton,

“How can we be lovers if we can’t be friends?How can we start over when the fighting never ends?Baby, how can we make love if we can’t make amends?How can we be lovers if we can’t be, can’t be friends?Look at us now, look at us, babyStill tryin’ to work it out never get it rightWe must be fools, we must be crazyWhoa, Whoa, when there’s no communicationWhoa, whoa, it’s a no win situationHow can we be lovers if we can’t be friends?How can we start over when the fighting never ends?Baby, how can we make love if we can’t make amends?Tell me how can we be lovers if can’t be friends?We lie awake, this wall between usWe’re just not talkin’, we got so much to sayLet’s break these chains, our love can free usWhoa, whoa, ain’t it time we started tryingWhoa, whoa, gotta stop this love from dyingHow can we be lovers if we can’t be friends?How can we start over when the fighting never ends?Baby, how can we make love if we can’t make amends?Tell me how can we be lovers if can’t be friends?Baby, love is tough but we can make itBaby, times are rough but we can make itWe can work it outHow can we be lovers if we can’t be friends?How can we start over if the fighting never ends?Baby, how can we make love if we can’t make amends?Tell me how can we be lovers if can’t be, can’t be friends?How can we be lovers if we can’t be friends?How can we start over if the fighting never ends?Baby, how can we make love if we can’t make amends?Tell me how can we be lovers if can’t be, can’t be friends?”

Unquote.