fun. kicks off Campus Consciousness Tour to support LGBTQ equality
There is a lyric in fun.’s song “Some Nights” that says, “What do I stand for?” Well the band is making it pretty clear what they stand for with their newest U.S. tour. fun. is teaming up with Ben and Jerry’s, Reverb and The Ally Coalition for the next Campus Consciousness Tour, stopping at colleges to raise awareness for LGBTQ equality. The guys kicked things off at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City with an acoustic show to get the word out.
fun. is known for their big anthemic songs, so it was refreshing to see them take it down a notch as they sang their smash hits “We Are Young” and “Some Nights” along with “The Gambler” and their newest single “Carry On.” Hearing the songs stripped down really allowed the talent of fun. to shine. Having been on tour around the world for the better part of 2012, it was amazing how clear lead singer Nate Ruess’ vocals were and how much energy the band carried.
Nov 14- Calvin College
Nov 15- Riveria Theater
Nov 16- Mizzou
Nov 17- Luther College
Nov 18- Elmhurst College
The music felt like a bit of an afterthought however as the real purpose of the afternoon was for fun. and their CCT partners to sit down and discuss raising awareness on social issues and also fun.’s latest venture, The Ally Coalition, supporting LGBTQ causes and the fight for equal rights. The band has been involved with organizations such as The Trevor Project and Revel and Riot and are now setting out with their own project and asking people to stand up and speak out.
“It seemed like the one place where there should have been the most support, it’s kind of hard to find. You don’t see a lot of bands out there talking about it on stage. It seemed like no one wanted to touch it,” said fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff.
At each show during the Campus Consciousness Tour there will be booths offering education on the barriers facing the LGBTQ community and other pressing social issues, along with ways to get involved with The Ally Coalition. It is very easy for a band to stay quiet and not rock the boat with their personal opinions, so it is refreshing to see fun. standing up for what they believe in and doing everything possible to let themselves be heard. Check out the remaining dates of the tour and head over to The Ally Project to get involved.