San Francisco band Third Eye Blind
may have confused some of their fans when they agreed to play an RNC charity event in Cleveland, but going by the response of last night's show, the band made their intentions for performing incredibly clear. It seems that singer Stephen Jenkins saw the gig as an opportunity to rip the GOP platform and ideals to shreds at the heart of the biggest GOP event of the year, and holy crap did he run with it. The set consisted of unreleased songs and obscure cuts, which already sufficiently angered the crowd. The only hit that was included was "Jumper," a song inspired by Jenkin's gay friend who committed suicide, and Jenkins who introduced the song
by saying, "To love this song is to take into your heart the message and to actually have the feeling to arrive and move forward and not live your life in fear and imposing that fear on other people."
Though the event was not directly tied to the RNC, Rolling Stone
reports that the RIAA, the event's sponsors, specified that the event was tied to the Trump victory party taking place near the event at the same time, so the disappointed audience was undoubtedly Conservative. The audience made their disappointment heard as well, booing and jeering Third Eye Blind throughout their set, to which Jenkins responded, "You can boo all you want, but I'm the motherfucking artist up here." The band seemed to be enjoying prodding their GOP concertgoers, as Jenkins taunting at one point, "Raise your hand if you believe in science," which was quickly met with more booing. Even after the concert ended, the band kept the trolling going: Audience member Liza White
tweeted to the band, "I have never been more disappointed," to which the official band Twitter page bluntly replied
, "Good." The band has since trended on Twitter, with both audience members expressing their distaste for the band and others praising the band for calling out Republicans for their biased and ignorant rhetoric.
This hasn't been the first instance where Third Eye Blind has been involved with the RNC. Apparently a favorite group among Conservatives, the band was actually asked to play the 2012 Republican Convention, but refused to take the gig, with Jenkins posting an op-ed in The Huffington Post
titled "Why We Arent Playing at the RNC."
In the post, Jenkins slammed the Republican Party and their then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney for claiming to have an "open and welcoming" convention despite being "a party dedicated to exclusion." Jenkins also said that "If I came to their convention, I would occupy their convention," and four years later, he proved he really wasn't kidding.
Third Eye Blind took to Instagram to explain their performance, saying "We let it be known we were there to support Musicians on Call, and that we in fact repudiate every last stitch of the RNC platform and the grotesque that is their nominee."
Hey man, science is science.
Also maybe check out our kinder, gentler session with Third Eye Blind: