Third Eye Blind are known for their '90s alt-rock hits, but they can also troll just as strong as any social media millennial. The band performed at a charity event during the Republican National Convention, and they used the opportunity to voice their opposing opinions—and the conservative crowd was none too pleased.
During the concert, hosted by the Recording Industry Association of America, frontman Stephan Jenkins taunted the audience by saying, “Raise your hand if you believe in science!” before being met with boos. His response? “You can boo all you want, but I’m the motherfucking artist up here.”
Before the band performed their 1998 single "Jumper," Jenkins stated:
“To love this song is to take into your heart the message, and to actually—actually—have a feeling to arrive and move forward, and not live your life in fear, and imposing that fear on other people."
He also referenced his gay cousins and called out the GOP's anti-LGBTQ tendencies. The band even opted to perform deep cuts instead of expected classic hits like "Never Let Me Go” and “Semi-Charmed Life.” Third Eye Blind commented on the event after receiving mixed responses from their fans:
Epic @ThirdEyeBlind troll of RNC event. Played none of the hits, bashed GOP platform, asked "Who here believes in science?" So much booing.— Peter Hamby (@PeterHamby) July 20, 2016
@SHudspath darling, we would never play the rnc. We played a charity event for musicians on call at the Rock and roll hall of fame.— Third Eye Blind (@ThirdEyeBlind) July 20, 2016
@hunterw Great question. We were not, as musicians on call were well aware of who we are and our take on things (like science and rights!)— Third Eye Blind (@ThirdEyeBlind) July 20, 2016
Below, watch Fuse's interview with Third Eye Blind at 2015's Voodoo Music + Arts Experience: