Last night, 90s radio hit factory performers Third Eye Blind found themselves in Cleveland for a charity show. The show happened to occur during the Republican National Convention and there are young Republicans all over that city looking for a good time. A bunch of them found the 3eb show and the band was nonlplussed about it. So they torched their set, basically playing no hits (except Jumper, great song) and went on diatribes between songs about freedom, science, equality…you know all those things that make the American right go rabid dog.
The band are staunch anti-Republicans so why did they play a show in Cleveland during the RNC? Billboard reports that it was their way of protesting; Witnesses at the group’s Tuesday night show in Cleveland, a charity gig inside the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, reported that Jenkins used the occasion to say he “repudiates” what the Republican party now stands for. Clips uploaded to social media platforms show the crowd booing, followed by Jenkins exclaiming: “You can boo all you want, but I’m the motherf—in’ artist up here.”
They did play one recognizable hit, 1998’s “Jumper,” a song about a guy who kills himself because he is gay and feels he can’t be accepted for who he is.
Since the story has blown up, the band has posted this statement on their Facebook.
top photo: Third Eye Blind’s Facebook, show in Webster, MA