by Amanda Just
Categories: Animals, Causes, Entertainment, Music
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Organizers of SeaWorld’s Bands, Brew, and BBQ festival may be pleading “I want you to want me!” to rock band, Cheap Trick, but the band say no way. They’ve cancelled their appearance at the marine park, following a push from fans (of their music and of animal welfare) via a petition.

Though Cheap Trick haven’t yet made an official announcement on their reasons for canceling the show, they join other musical acts Heart, Barenaked Ladies, and Willie Nelson, all of whom have all stated that they canceled their shows because of the way the animals are treated at SeaWorld. Members of those three bands were influenced by their fans, petitions, and the documentary, “Blackfish.”

In a statement released before Cheap Trick’s announcement, SeaWorld spokesman Nick Gollattscheck said, “While we’re disappointed a small group of misinformed individuals was able to deny fans what would have been great concerts at SeaWorld by Heart, Barenaked Ladies, and Willie Nelson, we respect the bands’ decisions.”

Maybe if SeaWorld would “Surrender” their captive animals back to their ocean homes, Cheap Trick and all the other bands would reconsider performing at the park.

Photo credit: Randy Miramontez /

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About Amanda Just

Amanda Just is a longtime vegan who loves to promote compassionate living in fun, creative ways. As a writer, she has contributed to This Dish Is Veg,, and many other blogs, websites, and newsletters. As an activist, she champions many causes, from veganism and animal rights to environmental protection and human rights. Amanda resides in Tampa Bay, Florida.

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  • Chris

    So very sad to see the misinformation in the film taking this kind of toll on Sea World and it’s guests.

    Am I saying the parks are perfect? No, there is always room to improve, but what I am saying is that they actually do a lot for conservation and animal rescue.

    What you see in the parks is a very small fraction of what they do, it is just the most public and visible.

    That being said, most of the animals in the parks would not survive in the wild,
    due to injuries, etc. that they sustained while in the wild.

    I for one am taking notice of the bands and artists that are canceling their performance and have no intention of supporting them in the future, as it is apparent that they don’t really care about the health of the animals or they would have investigated the claims that were made further and found out the truth.