Rock band 3 Doors Down played the outro to the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night, debuting their new song "One Light" moments after a boastful keynote address by New Jersey's governor, Chris Christie.
When the dust had settled on Christie's speech, in which he spoke of his Garden State achievements, assailed Barack Obama and uttered "Romney" eight times in 25 minutes, the southern Mississippi rockers tore into the track as delegates shuffled about after a long day at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
The less-than-enthusiastic reception from the mostly older crowd inspired a wealth of snarky reactions on Twitter, including from CNN's Lisa Desjardins, who said she witnessed zero "rocking" on the convention floor.
"I SEE NOT ONE Republican rocking, swaying or even halting to listen to the sounds of Three Doors Down. And I can see the whole place," she observed.
A Washington Post staffer gave "Full credit to Chris Christie. Forcing 3 Doors Down on an unsuspecting audience is definitely telling people what they don't want to hear." Comedy writer Mike Drucker experienced an ideology-changing moment after the performance, saying "If the Republican party can score a band like 3 Doors Down, they can do anything! Mind changed!"
But you could say the joke's on them. All five studio albums by the band have debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200, with two of them (2005's "Seventeen Days" and 2008's self-titled effort) scoring No. 1s. Their latest, 2011's "Time of My Life," debuted and peaked at No. 3. Three of their singles have flirted with the throne on the Hot 100, with 2000's "Kryptonite" reaching No. 3 and 2003's "When I'm Gone" and "Here Without You" reaching 4 and 5, respectively. The group has sold 13 million albums in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The band is working on a greatest hits collection for a fall release. "We're still writing songs better than ever, playing better than ever," guitarist Chris Henderson told Billboard in June.
On Wednesday, RNC delegates will hear "American Idol" alums Ayla Brown and Danny Gokey. On Thursday, season 5 "Idol" champ Taylor Hicks and gospel legend BeB Winans will perform. House band duties for the week belong to former "Saturday Night Live" musical director G.E. Smith and his G.E. Smith Band.