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 Change.org 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.
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