Third Eye Blind became unlikely progressive heroes by antagonizing Republican National Convention attendees during a benefit concert in Cleveland on Tuesday night. And now they’ve posted a statement about it on Facebook, explaining that the concert was not an official RNC event and reiterating some of their points from the night before. Read the full message below.
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.