Follow-Up: Third Eye Blind Troll RNC

Usually I just add “updates” to articles that I have already posted, but this was such a good story I felt like it needed its own post. To follow-up on my wondering what Stephan Jenkins from Third Eye Blind might say on stage after hearing his band would be playing at the RNC: we have an answer. In a pretty epic troll job the band spent the night performing deeper cuts from their catalogue and proclaiming their support for LGBT rights and science.

At one point during the concert, Jenkins poked fun at controversial conservative views. “Raise your hand if you believe in science!” he reportedly taunted, drawing a series of boos from the crowd. He responded: “You can boo all you want, but I’m the motherf—king artist up here.”

Panic! at the Disco, Weezer, and Andrew McMahon in Camden, NJ

Panic! at the Disco’s summer co-headlining tour with Weezer (and featuring support from Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness), rolled through Camden, NJ’s BB&T Pavilion last week. Below you can find a gallery of all three bands on the tour as well as some brief thoughts on the show. This tour is one of the premiere concert experiences North America has to offer this summer, so if this tour hasn’t hit your hometown yet (it runs through August 6th in Irvine, CA), make sure you don’t miss it.

Twitter Just Permanently Suspended Milo Yiannopoulos

Charlie Warzel, at Buzzfeed:

According to Twitter, it was Yiannopoulos who led the harassment campaign against Ghostbusters actor Leslie Jones that inspired the SNL cast member’s decision to leave Twitter. The tweets, many of which targeted Jones for being black and a woman, were the final straw for Twitter, which is taking steps to try to solve its harassment problem.


Third Eye Blind Headline Charity Event During RNC

Third Eye Blind are playing a private charity event at the Republican National Convention:

Third Eye Blind will be the headline performing act at the charity benefit for Musicians On Call (MOC), a nonprofit that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

In 2012 lead singer Stephan Jenkins penned an op-ed for the Huffington Post explaining why they had turned down playing a similar event:

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 life-long 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.

Reading through Jenkins’s Twitter feed makes me think this is the last place he would want to be playing. Now I’m curious what they’re going to say on stage.

Taking Back Sunday Threaten Military Campaign to Take Back Rest of Week

Steven Kowalski, throwing down the satire at The Hard Times:

Lazzara, sitting on his throne high atop his Sunday Fortress, looked out upon a crippled, unassuming week. “People think I’m going to take back Monday first,” Lazzara said to his legion of fans, “But no! We’re taking back Tuesday from the people that took it from us. Once we take back Tuesday, we can attack the rest of the week from both ends.”