Alt-rockers Third Eye Blind Anger RNC Guests at Rock Hall Performance

Yahoo News and other outlets report that alt-rockers Third Eye Blind, who performed at an RNC-related charity event held at the Rock Hall, angered some of the guests by using the opportunity to distance themselves from the Republican platform.

The band reportedly played its more obscure songs and didn’t even deliver its most notable hit, the infectious “Semi-Charmed Life,” the song that features the catchy chorus “I want something else/To get me through this/Semi-charmed kind of life, baby, baby.”

In one video on Twitter, lead singer Stephan Jenkins speaks in favor of gay rights.

“You can boo all you want, but I’m the motherfucking artist up here,” he says in one clip that shows fans booing him.

The Recording Industry Association of America reportedly sponsored the concert, a charity benefit for Musicians On Call, “a nonprofit that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.” The band took to Twitter to respond to detractors who felt the group was out of line: “As musicians on call we're well aware of who we are and our take on things (like science and rights!).” 

Some fans applauded the band via Twitter. "I have a new-found respect for your band and I will be buying your albums today," writes one fan. "I've long been an unabashed @ThirdEyeBlind fan, not just of the 1st album with the hits. Them trolling the #RNCatCLE makes me love them more," writes another.

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Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected]
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