The band tweeted to the fans today concerning the school shooting in Parkland Florida that killed 17, “We’re done with ‘leaders’ who refuse to lead on commonsense gun safety laws,” they wrote. “It’s time to #ThrowThemOut. We deserve to live in a country where children live free from gun violence in their schools, in their homes, and in their communities. #EndGunViolence. T

The band’s third hit “Jeremy” which reached #5 on the Billboard chart in 1992 was partly based on a school shooting. In 1991 15-year-old Jeremy Delle shot himself in front of his class in Richardson, Texas. The controversial video for the tune was intense and ends the same way Delle’s life does. Some thought it glorified the tragedy while other saw it at a ‘cry-for-help’ for children in trouble. It did give Delle’s parents unwanted publicity. His mother had to move away from Texas. – by John Beaudin

John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 35 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.

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