Alan Jackson and Kid Rock will kick off SeaWorld's "Bands, Brew & BBQ" this weekend, bucking a trend of artists dropping the show to avoid controversy over how the Orlando, Fla., theme park treats its orcas. Take a look at the list of stars who have spoken out against the park.
On Jan. 16, Pat Benatar and her husband Neil Giraldo joined a growing list of musicians who backed out of performing at SeaWorld amid the "Blackfish" controversy. Benatar canceled her appearance at Busch Gardens Tampa, which is owned by SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment. The musician said in a statement to CNN that she canceled her Feb. 22 show once she realized that Busch Gardens was affiliated with SeaWorld.
In January, the Beach Boys also announced they were cancelling their appearance at Busch Gardens Tampa and issued a short statement: "The Beach Boys have cancelled their performance on February 15, 2014. The band regrets any inconvenience this may have caused their fans and they look forward to returning to Tampa soon."
In January, country star Trace Adkins also canceled his concert appearance at SeaWorld.
Rocker Joan Jett warned SeaWorld to stop blasting her music at "sound-sensitive" orcas. In a letter sent to SeaWorld in December Jett Stated, "I'm among the millions who saw 'Blackfish' and am sickened that my music was blasted without my permission at sound-sensitive marine mammals."
Country star Trisha Yearwood pulled out of the show at SeaWorld in December "in light of recent concerns."
Willie Nelson said in December that he felt he had no choice but cancel a gig at SeaWorld, given public pressure and his own conviction that the way the aquatic entertainment giant operates is not acceptable. "I don't agree with the way they treat their animals," Nelson told CNN's Brooke Baldwin. "It wasn't that hard a deal for me."
Barenaked Ladies was one of the first acts to nixed their plans to play at SeaWorld after viewing the "Blackfish" documentary. "This is a complicated issue, and we don't claim to understand all of it, but we don't feel comfortable proceeding with the gig at this time," the band said on a Facebook post in November.
In November, Alec Baldwin publicly appealed to Macy's CEO Terry J. Lundgren in an effort to get SeaWorld kicked out of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. "As New Yorkers and new parents, we were disappointed to learn that SeaWorld might appear in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Like most parents, we hope our child learns from the work of previous generations to minimize human and animal suffering."
Country singer Martina McBride announced on Facebook in December she had canceled her appearance scheduled for March.
On Dec. 7, sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson tweeted, "Heart has chosen to decline their forthcoming performance at SeaWorld on 2/9/14 due to the controversial documentary film 'Black Fish.' The Sea World show was planned long ago as an Orlando show. Had we known, we'd have said no then. We said no today."
Classic rockers REO Speedwagon REO announced in Dec. 13 that it had canceled its performance at SeaWorld.
Former Savage Garden singer Darren Hayes said in a Twitter comment that he did not know the band's "The Animal Song" was being used during SeaWorld's performances. He said he has written to his publisher about having it removed from use during performances.
The band Cheap Trick canceled its its February performance date without releasing a statement.
Musician Edgar Winter told his fans via Facebook that he would do "everything in his power" to stop SeaWorld from using his song "Free Ride" during its performances.
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