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Cheap Trick Joins SeaWorld Boycott

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Add Cheap Trick to the list of performers who are saying “NO” to SeaWorld. They’re now the fourth act (along with Willie Nelson, Heart, and The Barenaked Ladies) to bow out of a Feb 8th music festival performance at the Orlando SeaWorld. While the band hasn’t issued an official statement just yet, some are already assuming this might have to due with the backlash over the Blackfish documentary, which explores the inhumane treatment of killer whales held captive and made to perform for audiences at the popular water parks.

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While SeaWorld spokesperson Nick Gollattscheck expressed disappointment over the bands’ decisions, referring to the matter as a “small group of misinformed individuals”, he goes on to say he respects the choices made by the artists and that replacement acts will soon be announced.

Nick Gollattscheck,
Nick Gollattscheck,
Nick Gollattscheck,

Earlier this week, Joan Jett issued a cease and desist letter to SeaWorld over the use of her music being used during the Shamu Rocks! performances.

There’s also currently a petition directed at country star Trisha Yearwood to cancel her Feb 22nd performance at SeaWorld.

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