Just a week out from the fateful event, it's time for Donald Trump's team to buckle down and tell the world which luminous musical acts he's booked to commemorate his transition from president-elect to president. But now that word is out, I'm not surprised that they held off, because it's been announced that 3 Doors Down will play Trump's inauguration, and many fans are upset and confused.
Some writers would take this moment to inform you that the band 3 Doors Down arguably peaked in the year 2000, which was almost two decades ago, so any remaining fans of theirs have long been inured to disappointment, but not me. Instead, I'll take the high road and say that 3 Doors Down certainly has remaining fans, numbering at least in the high dozens, who eagerly follow them to such exotic tour stop locales as the upcoming Florida Strawberry Festival and the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium in Ontario, Canada. (Get your tickets now, before they continue not selling.)
Or at least, they did have fans, right up until Friday's announcement that the "Kryptonite" singers would be helping to usher in the new age of Trump with a performance at his inauguration on Jan. 20. For many, this was the straw that broke the camel's back, and they flooded to Twitter to air their grievances, expressing a range of emotions from genuine irritation and dismay, to betrayal, to good old-fashioned snark.
Alexa, never, ever play 3 Doors Down again. Ever.— Darth Reed (@WaltzingRhino) January 13, 2017
Can't wait to see Alec Baldwin address this in his next commercial.
Oh my God! Trump got 3 Doors Down to play his Inauguration?! Man, this millennium is off to a great start! Year 2001 rocks so far!— W.G. Snuffy, Esq. (@iamthedriving) January 13, 2017
A real #tbt, just not the good kind.
Someone should tell Trump's team that having 3 Doors Down play the inauguration is actually sadder than having no one at all. Yikes.— Matt Mendolera (@mattmendo) January 13, 2017
I *think* he uses Twitter, so he might actually see this.
Good news @3doorsdown is heading out on a Canadian tour in March if you're wondering what show not to attend this year!— grahamclark (@grahamclark) January 13, 2017
Thanks for the heads up!
@3doorsdown You guys should feel honored to be one of the last bands to get an offer, and the only band desperate enough to accept it.— JJ Demon (@JJDemonic) January 13, 2017
3 Doors Down makes sense for inauguration day.— Dustin Newman (@dustincharge) January 13, 2017
Trump: “If I go crazy then will you still call me superman?”
Oh no, this is too real.
I wasn't going to watch the inauguration but Toby Keith? 3 Doors Down? You can't see that line up unless you go to a Just Tires opening.— Gareth Reynolds (@reynoldsgareth) January 13, 2017
Damn, that is savage.
3 Doors Down tour dates— Zach Schonfeld (@zzzzaaaacccchhh) January 13, 2017
• tiny theater in Winnipeg
• Florida Strawberry Fest
• THE INAUGURATION OF AN ACTUAL PRESIDENT
•a casino in Alberta
Welcome to 2017, buckle up.
I don't know what's more embarrassing: 3 Doors Down having to play the Trump inauguration or Trump having 3 Doors Down play his inauguration— Zach Heltzel (@zachheltzel) January 13, 2017
The jury's still out on this one.
The bad news is, this is really disappointing for anyone who doesn't like Trump, but had good feelings and happy memories about 3 Doors Down. The good news is, it gives the rest of us a great opportunity to bust out some of that 3 Doors Down content, now that they're finally (and briefly) relevant enough again to rib.