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Cool Musicians Won't Perform At GOP's Titanic

The list of musicians refusing to perform at the July Republican Convention keeps getting longer

The list of musicians unwilling to perform at the Republican Convention in Cleveland keeps growing. First it was Joe Walsh who pulled out of a concert scheduled for July 17th in Cleveland after he found out it was misrepresented as an event to benefit veterans, but was actually a GOP sponsored event. In a statement published yesterday he said:

"It was my understanding that I was playing a concert which was a non partisan event to benefit the families of American veterans on Monday, July 17 in Cleveland. The admat I approved said this specifically. Today it was announced that this event is, in fact, a launch for the Republican National Convention. In addition, my name is to be used to raise sponsorship dollars for convention-related purposes. Therefore, I must humbly withdraw my participation in this event with apologies to any fans or veterans and their families that I might disappoint.

I am very concerned about the rampant vitriol, fear-mongering and bullying coming from the current Republican campaigns. It is both isolationist and spiteful. I cannot in good conscience endorse the Republican party in any way. I will look at doing a veteran related benefit concert later this year."

Cheap Trick told the Guardian that they were approached by the head honchos at the GOP convention and offered a staggering amount, but it was clearly not enough. They explained:

“The Republican National Committee called our office and offered us $100,000 to play at their convention in Cleveland [this summer]. We turned it down. Then we had second thoughts. Maybe we should have accepted it – but we would all have got swastika guitars made.”

I would have paid good money to see Cheap Trick pull out their swastika covered guitars, especially if Trump becomes the nominee. It would have been a fitting tribute to what the GOP has become. Which is exactly the message they were sending.

Well done.


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