Alan Jackson & Kid Rock to Headline SeaWorld Concerts, Despite ‘Blackfish’ Controversy

By Annie Reuter

Alan Jackson and Kid Rock will headline two SeaWorld concerts this weekend after nine other performers dropped out in response to the documentary Blackfish.

Jackson will take the stage on Saturday (Feb. 1) for the Bands, Brew & BBQ concert series while Kid Rock will follow suit the following day.

Last year, several country artists, including Martina McBride, Willie Nelson and Trisha Yearwood, pulled out of their scheduled performances after SeaWorld came under fire with the release of the documentary Blackfishwhich focuses on an orca named Tilikum who attacked and killed his trainer Dawn Brancheau, along with two others in separate instances. The film suggests that it was his life in captivity that caused the whale’s aggression. 

“I’ve decided that given all the issues that have been aired recently, the time isn’t right for me to play at Seaworld. I have cancelled my scheduled performance at the Bands, [Brew] & BBQ event in March 2014,” McBride wrote on her Facebook page.

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Nelson also expressed his concerns of the way SeaWorld treats their animals after he received many calls asking him to cancel his show. When his great grandchild told him about a petition, which received 9,000 signatures from fans asking him to not play the venue, he decided it was the right decision to cancel the show.

“I don’t agree with the way they treat their animals,” Nelson told CNN. “It wasn’t that hard a deal for me.”

Joan Jett, Trisha Yearwood, REO Speedwagon, Heart, Barenaked Ladies and Cheap Trick have also cancelled their performances at SeaWorld.


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