Former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke attended METALLICA‘s concert Thursday night (February 28) at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso.
The 46-year-old father of three was spotted rocking out at the legendary heavy metal band’s show, looking extremely out of place drowned in a sea of METALLICA T-shirts.
Journalist Ivan Pierre Aguirre, who was at the concert, tweeted a photo of O’Rourke in the crowd. He wrote in an accompanying caption: “.@BetoORourke is in attendance at the @Metallica concert at #UTEP tonight. Could he announce is Presidential bid here?? It is the last day of the month after-all. ??#beto2020 #2020elections #OnAssignment #elpaso #ept #beto”
O’Rourke recently confirmed that he has made a decision about a 2020 presidential run and said that he will announce his intentions soon.
The failed senatorial candidate invigorated Democrats in Texas and earned national media attention for a 2018 campaign that nearly ousted Sen. Ted Cruz, but fell short by about 3 percentage points.
As a high schooler in El Paso, O’Rourke was in a called band FOSS with Cedric Bixler-Zavala, who would go on to front THE MARS VOLTA and AT THE DRIVE-IN.
In a 2012 interview with Fusion Magazine, O’Rourke was asked what kind of music he liked. “I guess my heart is in the music I grew up with which is punk rock; the music and the bands that first got me excited about playing music and being involved in cultural life,” he responded. “I also have a spot in my heart for old British invasion stuff, THE WHO, THE BEATLES, THE [ROLLING] STONES, THE KINKS. I love all those bands. As I get older, I keep thinking that I’m going to lose my taste for punk rock, the kind of aggressive music, idealistic music of my youth, but it’s still my go-to music.”
.@BetoORourke is in attendance at the @Metallica concert at #UTEP tonight. Could he announce is Presidential bid here?? It is the last day of the month after-all. ??#beto2020 #2020elections #OnAssignment #elpaso #ept #beto pic.twitter.com/hn2wsYppU2
— Ivan Pierre Aguirre (@i_p_a_1) March 1, 2019