The Original Rudeboys doing their popular Irish single "Written Songs (Feeling Good)" (2012)
Up and coming Irish pop group The Original Rudeboys have turned down the enviable career opportunity plus a bucket of cash to be the opening act for visiting US pop star Chris Brown's upcoming Irish concert at Dublin's 23,000 capacity O2 arena concert venue. The reason? The hip-hop/r'n'b/pop trio, whose latest single "Blue Eyes" off their new album Grand Social addresses their opposition to domestic violence, are vehemently opposed to Brown's 2009 physical mistreatment of his former girlfriend, pop singer Rihanna.
"Even though it’s a huge opportunity to play in the O2 with a major hip hop star and a substantial fee was offered, we are completely against Chris Brown’s assault on Rihanna," said band member Sean Walsh in a prepared statement adding that, in keeping with the content of their new single, "It goes against everything we are about as a band and supporting Chris would send out the wrong message to our fans."