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3 Doors Down to Perform at US Scouts Jamboree

by John Raby
Friday Jul 19, 2013

Multi-platinum rock band 3 Doors Down will headline the Boy Scouts National Jamboree's featured concert this weekend as a replacement for acts that had previously pulled out during a divisive debate over the Boy Scouts of America's exclusion of gays.

The group will perform Saturday night at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in southern West Virginia, BSA national spokesman Deron Smith told The Associated Press on Friday.

In March, Carly Rae Jepsen and Train canceled planned appearances at the Jamboree over the BSA's exclusion of gays. Months of debate led to a vote by the BSA's National Council in May to allow gay boys to participate in Scouting while keeping a ban on gay adults. The policy change is effective next January.

Smith didn't comment on the band being a replacement act, saying, "We are excited to have 3 Doors Down perform for these young men and women, volunteers and visitors experiencing this amazing Jamboree in West Virginia."

An official with 3 Doors Down didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The band's hits include "Kryptonite," ''When I'm Gone" and "Here Without You." The group is currently on a U.S. tour. The Jamboree gig was not listed on its website Friday. The band played Wednesday night in Wantagh, N.Y., and has its next concert scheduled for Monday in Clarkston, Mich.

In April, 3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell was charged with causing a fatal crash in a suburb of Nashville, Tenn. Police say the 41-year-old Harrell was under the influence when he was speeding down Interstate 40 and clipped the back of a pickup truck. The driver of the truck, 47-year-old Paul Shoulders Jr. was killed as a result of the crash.

Harrell is facing multiple charges, including vehicular homicide by intoxication, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, violation of the implied consent law and possession of contraband. A court hearing is set for July 30 in Nashville.

The band canceled four of its concerts out of respect for the victim and Harrell checked himself into a drug treatment facility after bonding out of jail.

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  • WayGay, 2013-07-19 14:59:48

    Never heard of them.

  • gdhamf, 2013-07-20 01:21:24

    Yup bsa, a problem with gays but drunk drivers A ok. Bunch of ass holes like the world has never seen.

  • WayGay, 2013-07-20 08:38:17

    They are just like the Hitler Youth. They all thought they were at a jamboree too.

  • , 2013-07-25 11:07:15

    Anonymous,as a parent of a scout, I don’t appreciate your comments especially one comparing these kids to Hitler. Hitler was a killer. Duing the last 10 years my son has learned valuable skills. He has learned things like home repair, car repair, chemistry, first aid, community service, and I could go on. These are things that most kids are not taught. Each meeting is opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. Schools don’t even do that anymore but yet you compare them to Hitler. Obviously, you have never been involved with the Boy Scouts or if you were, you didn’t have very good leadership. Don’t condem them for learning and experiencing life skills. gdhamf,in the reference you made to the band, the BSA does not promote drinking, drugs, soking, etc... however there are not many bands and or stars that do not do at least one of these. The band was there to perform music and that is it. As far as gays go, I don’t want my straight son sharing a tent with a gay boy any more than I would want him to share a tent with a straight girl. It is simply not right. Oh by the way, this was my belief long before my son was even born let alone before he became a scout.

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