Hey, you know how Freddie Mercury is one of the most famous bisexuals of all time and he also died from an AIDS-related illness?
Republicans must have forgotten. In a grossly ironic moment at the Republican National Convention yesterday, the loudspeakers blasted Queen’s famous “We Are The Champions” as Trump took the stage. There hasn’t been a response from surviving Queen members so far, but back in June when Trump used the same song while campaigning, they stated that they didn’t want anyone using their music during political campaigning.
As you’ll remember, the GOP platform is the most socially conservative, anti-LGBT platform in history, calling for conversion therapy for minors and decrying same-sex parents. VP candidate Mike Pence previously tried to use HIV/AIDS funding to support conversion therapy.
Newsom speculated that if Mercury were alive today and hadn’t been a rockstar, he would “probably have been greeted by a wall, a really high wall, because he represented everything that Mike Pence and Donald Trump are scared of.”
This entire campaign must be some kind of performance art. It’s just getting too absurd to believe anymore. Again: Republicans. must. be. stopped.
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Rock band Third Eye Blind taunts Republicans at concert during RNC
WESTLAKE, Ohio — The rock band Third Eye Blind frustrated some guests at a charity concert held during the Republican National Convention on Tuesday. According to multiple accounts posted by attendees on social media, the band played some of its more obscure songs and mocked socially conservative positions during its set at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
In tweets posted on the official Third Eye Blind account, the band indicated it was pleased the show upset some in the audience.
“I have never been more disappointed,” wrote a Twitter user named Liza White.
“You can boo all you want, but I’m the motherf***ing artist up here,” he replied.
According to Snapchat’s head of news, Peter Hamby, at one point in the show, Jenkins asked, “Who here believes in science?”
“So much booing,” Hamby wrote.
Multiple Twitter users particularly objected to the fact that the band didn’t play its 1997 hit “Semi-Charmed Life.”
The invitation-only concert was produced and sponsored by the Recording Industry Association of America, which lobbies for the record industry. Spokespeople for the RIAA did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Yahoo News. The concert was billed as a charity benefit for Musicians On Call, “a nonprofit that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in health care facilities.”
In the immediate aftermath of the show, some conservatives took to Twitter to argue Third Eye Blind shouldn’t have used a charity event to make a statement. The band’s official Twitter account told Yahoo News that it wasn’t especially concerned about having a negative impact on the charity.
“We were not, as musicians on call were well aware of who we are and our take on things (like science and rights!),” the band wrote.
On Wednesday afternoon, Third Eye Blind issued a statement stressing that it did not play at an official RNC event. The band also reiterated some of its more liberal beliefs:
If you missed it, here’s the Facebook Live session with John-Angus last night. The big announcement - if you missed it - is that the band is doing a new Pledge Music campaign, this time for the best-of coming out in September called Time Capsule. And if you pre-order it through this campaign, you’ll get the 20 extra songs called The Vault. Long-time TFN'er Scott Cee went through the video and we went looking elsewhere, and here’s the information we came up with for track listings, etc.
Time Capsule - Track List:
1. Lotta Work/Little Love 2. Not Ready To Go 3. Tired of Waiting 4. So She’s Leaving 5. Yearning 6. Poor Ol’ Broken Hearted Me 7. Ishmael & Maggie 8. Hold Me In Your Arms 9. Paranoid Freak 10. Man of Two Minds 11. Can’t Stop Laughing 12. Sing Your Heart Out (studio version) 13. Beautiful & Tragic 14. Highway of Heroes 15. Hope and Ruin 16. Power of Positive Drinking 17. In the Morning 18. What’s Fair is Fair 19. Rise in the Wake 20. Chinese Kites
The Vault (we don’t know the order yet):
Ishmale & Maggie (demo) Poor Ol’ Broken Hearted Me (demo) It Takes Me A While (Den Of Thieves b-side) Served My Time (Den Of Thieves b-side) Den Of Thieves (studio version) Don’t Let Me Fade (No Time For Later b-side) Life In The Red (No Time For Later b-side) Long Way From Freedom (No Time For Later b-side) Mistress Misery (No Time For Later b-side) Saturday Girl (No Time For Later b-side) Man Of Two Minds (country radio mix) Big Night Out (Hope & Ruin b-side) I Don’t But I Do (Hope & Ruin b-side) Mandy (Hope & Ruin b-side) St. Thomas Is Calling (Hope & Ruin b-side) Coming Home (christmas song) Downed (Cheap Trick cover) Locked Doors (studio version)
Other songs mentioned:
Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (The Beatles cover) Waiting For Time (Den Of Thieves b-side) Gone To My Head (Den Of Thieves b-side)
New songs that have been played live recently:
Amen Chinese Kites Going Home Glorious Son Lotta Love / Little Love
Donald Trump, at the Republican National Convention used We Are The Champions by Freddie Mercury & Queen as his entrance music
Brian May, of Queen, explicitly denied Donald Trump the use of any of Queen’s music for his Presidential Campaign and Trump went and used the music anyway.
What’s more is that we’re talking about the Republican National Convention. Republicans of the Ronald Reagan era willfully ignored those dying of HIV/AIDS at the height of the epidemic in the 1980′s. Freddie Mercury (Born
Farrokh Bulsara, a man of of Parsi decent from Zanzibar) died of bronchial pneumonia as a result of AIDS in 1991
Donald Trump, the Republican Party and the Republican National Conventionshould be ashamed of themselves for this, among many other reasons and I personally hope Donald Trump gets sued for the use of Freddie Mercury’s music
Washington, D.C. — On Tuesday, July 19, in the East Room of the White House, as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative and Better Make Room campaign, musical artist, Jidenna, performed for over 130 college-bound students.