If you weren’t a Third Eye Blind fan already, you may well be now. The group put on a controversial show at Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in an event that coincided with the Republican National Convention. Frontman Stephan Jenkins touted liberal values to the chagrin of many conservatives in the audience, and the performance has the Twittersphere and the media in an uproar.
The consensus? Epic troll.
‘Raise your hand if you believe in science,’ frontman Stephan Jenkins cajoled to boos from the crowd. He went on to promote LGBTQ rights, playing the group’s hit ‘Jumper,’ which was written about a gay friend who took his own life by jumping off a bridge.
‘We repudiate every last stitch of the RNC platform and the grotesque that is their nominee,’ the group said in a statement on their Facebook page. To be fair, the booker could have seen it coming – in response to an invitation to play a private event during the last RNC in 2012, Jenkins wrote a blistering rejection letter via Huffington Post that read, ‘If I came to their convention, I would Occupy their convention.’
If you missed the action, nod your head to the setlist from the show, comprised of the band’s lesser-known, but still pretty great, jams. These songs will have you reminiscing about a time when politics were just as twisted, but your pants were baggier – the 90s.
To the haters out there, Jenkins was clear, ‘You can boo all you want, but I’m the motherfucking artist up here.’
Preceding their biggest hit in a set of relatively lesser-known tunes, Jenkins spoke to the audience, ‘To love this song, is to take into your heart the message and to actually have a feeling to arrive and move forward and not live your life in fear and imposing that fear on other people.’
With lyrics like, ‘The guy in the pulpit is a bigot and alas, Some kid walks into my school and opens fire,’ this song is a scathing review of American culture that serves as a bold marker of the band’s message in Cleveland.