Last night Third eye blind performed in front of GOP convention attendees. Guests expected to hear the hits but instead the band took the stage time to talk about human rights issues.
Lead singer Stephan Jenkins spoke about LGBTQ issues and asked the crowd “Who here believes in science?”
Probably not the right crowd to ask. There is footage floating around the internet of the crowd booing the band. However Third Eye Blind took to their Facebook account today to talk about the incident. This is what they had to say.
Third Eye Blind
We did not play an RNC event. We performed at a benefit for Musicians on Call because we support their mission in bringing music to the bedsides of patients in hospitals.
Given that the benefit was held in Cleveland, we suspected that convention types might show up and 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.
–Science is science.
–Coal is not clean.
–Black Lives Matter.
–LGBTQ = equal.
–Separation of church and state (still a good idea)
We could go on.
We have Republican friends, family members, and fans, and we love them all. What we reject is what their party has come to stand for. But in keeping with Musicians on Call’s message, we believe in the gathering power of music. With that spirit we don’t step back from our audience wherever or whomever they are.
Warmly, your friends in 3eb
check out the bands statement here: Third Eye Blind