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Third Eye Blind Provokes 'Convention Types' at Cleveland Benefit Concert

The band used its time on stage to express its support of LGBT rights and other issues

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    Alex Kopp, from left, Stephan Jenkins, Kryz Reid, Brad Hargreaves, and Alex LeCavalier of Third Eye Blind arrive at the 2016 Journeys AP Music Awards on July 18, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio.

    Third Eye Blind issued a statement Wednesday following a performance aimed at provoking Republicans in Cleveland. 

    On Tuesday, the band performed at a fundraiser at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, about a mile away from the site of the Republican National Convention. 

    The band used its time on stage to express its support of LGBT rights and other issues. 

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    In a statement released on its website Wednesday, the band listed a series of issues against the Republican Party, saying it believed “convention types” would attend the concert and took the opportunity to “repudiate every last stitch of the RNC platform and the grotesque that is their nominee.” 

    “We have Republican friends, family members, and fans, and we love them all,” Third Eye Blind said on its website. “What we reject is what their party has come to stand for.” 

    A fan expressed her disappointment on Twitter, to which the band responded “good.” 

    The group also acknowledged other fans who tweeted their support Wednesday.  

    The show was a benefit for Musicians on Call, which brings bedside music to patients in healthcare facilities. The band tweeted it wasn’t concerned about hurting the charity, saying it was "well aware of who we are and our take on things (like science and rights!)"

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.