Trump has said on the campaign trail that he wants the event to be a gathering of “winners”—and not politicians, like at past conventions. “We’re going to do it a little different, if that’s OK,” he said in Virginia earlier this month. “I’m thinking about getting some of the great sports people who like me a lot.”
Trump frequently credits the endorsement from the chair-throwing Knight for his Indiana primary victory. Tyson and France have publicly backed Trump, and Ditka has voiced strong support for the presumptive Republican nominee.
Separately, third-party groups have booked musicians to perform at venues throughout Cleveland during the July 18-21 convention: the quintessential 1960s-era surfer band The Beach Boys; 1970s-era rock band Journey; Bret Michaels, the frontman of the 1980s-era metal band Poison; 80s hitmaker Rick Springfield: country singer Martina McBride, who rose to stardom in the 1990s; country band Rascal Flatts, who formed in Ohio in 1999; and The Band Perry, a siblings trio known for country pop songs.
Somewhere, Mike Love is railing at someone about this bill. Are the Beach Boys on top? They'd better be. If they're not, you can forget about getting near him for the rest of the summer. You already knew Journey was going to hell, but think about this: why aren't there any movies about the Beach Boys where Mike Love seems like a reasonably human being? And who was worse--Jim Morrison or Mike Love?
Last night I watched the extended conclusion of Oliver Stone's hilariously bad take on The Doors. This was the end of any possibility that he was interested in coherent movie making, up to and including the poor Native American actor who had to appear onstage with Jim in Florida. Morrison was a drunken asshole with a penchant for throwing flowers at John Densmore, but he seemed like a pleasant fellow compared to Love's passive aggressive bullshit. Love is going to hell for what he put Brian Wilson through. But, that's a given.
We're getting a really bad week at Grand Casino Hinckley instead of an actual GOP convention. Man, Trump must really hate the American viewing public.