There’s a lot of messiness coming out of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland (example: Chachi’s continued relevance, etc….), but there was one nugget of nonsense that was totally on purpose, and it’s courtesy of late-90s mall rock band, Third Eye Blind. Raise your hand if you also saw the words Third Eye Blind and immediately started singing “DOO DOO DOO, DOO DOO-DOO DO, DOO DOO DOO.”
Four years ago, Third Eye Blind’s lead singer Stephan Jenkins wrote a piece for The Huffington Post called “Why We Aren’t Playing at the RNC.” In it, he basically said that they were happy to play for Republican fans, but that they had turned down an invitation to play at the 2012 RNC because it was “not my mom’s Republican Party anymore.” Four years later, TEB agreed to headline the Musicians on Call charity event at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH. That charity event, which happened last night, just so happened to coincide with the RNC. And it was pretty obvious that Stephan Jenkins’ feelings about the state of the current-day Donald Trump-led Republican Party have clearly been upgraded from “not feeling it” to “really not feeling it.”
According to Vulture, Third Eye Blind only played one hit (“Jumper“) and spent the rest of the time trolling everyone in the audience. Stephan filled TEB’s time on stage with this:
— Tina (@tinpant) July 20, 2016
People who were expecting to awkward dance to “Never Let You Go” got the Republican-shading song “Non-Dairy Creamer” instead. Stephan also asked people to raise their hands if they believed in science – which was met with a wall of boos. Although as you can see below, Stephan doesn’t really give a flaming doo-doo-doo about those boos.
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) July 20, 2016
The trolling didn’t end at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After their performance, Third Eye Blind tweeted this:
— Third Eye Blind (@ThirdEyeBlind) July 20, 2016
I know the word “Savage” has probably been typed more times this week than in all of history, so I won’t use it to describe Third Eye Blind (Savage truly deserves a break). I don’t know how many gigs Third Eye Blind is booking these days, but it can’t be that many. And they went ahead and blew it on purpose! That’s the truest definition of not giving a rat’s ass that I’ve ever seen.