mj3528 wrote: the cheese wrote: JichaelDick wrote: the cheese wrote:The GREATEST band of the 90s (Suck it Bacon)
trolls the GOP convention, taunts the crowd of an invite-only show, and refuses to play the hits.
Seriously, don't book Stephen Jenkins to do anything. He's an asshole. But in this case he's my kind of asshole.
Frontman Stephen Jenkins discussed his gay cousins, and how the band rejects the party’s anti-LGBT platform—to loud boos from the crowd at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “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 said, before launching into their tune “Jumper.” At another point, Jenkins also jokingly asked the crowd, “Raise your hand if you believe in science?” to a chorus of boos.
I've come around on the whole "artists should be allowed to tell politicians to shove it" deal. That is hilarious...but why in the hell would the GOP bring them in. Why not get the Nuge or Blake Shelton or somebody?
This was an RIAA event and apparently aimed at a younger crowd, it's in Cleveland so it needs to be rock as opposed to country, and the Nuge is a loose cannon who can open a whole new can of public opinion worms. I would have aimed more for somebody who needed the money and was happy to get the gig, as opposed to 3EB who have by all accounts held onto their cash and keep playing for fun.
They played at a small venue in Park City during Sundance. The tickets were really expensive.
I've seen them twice in the last ten years. They play a great show when they aren't actively antagonizing the audience.
ETA: They were asked to play the 2012 convention. Here's what Jenkins said then:
“The Republican National Convention is not a private event… It’s a public sales pitch, and everyone is supposed to deliver the script,” Jenkins previously wrote in an piece for The Huffington Post detailing his reasons for declining a prior invite to perform at the RNC in 2012. “This whole hustle is peppered with music bits meant to wed policies like forced births of rapists’ babies and minority voter suppression to song. Even the private party my band was asked to play at the RNC is not some innocuous event. Though I am happy to play for Republican fans, like my lifelong Republican mom, playing the RNC convention is a tacit endorsement of the Republican presidential candidate and his party platform, and this is not my mom’s Republican Party anymore.”
Not a lot of homework being done for this convention. The small stuff isn't getting sweated.
As a fan, I'd really like to see this show:
Clayton Bigsby - Wed May 23, 2012 2:55 pm: i'd rather live with a guy who's kind of annoying but a nice guy than a guy who's kind of annoying and a dick