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SeaWorld: Willie Nelson not coming to Bands, Brew & BBQ fest

Country singer Willie Nelson will not perform at the 2014 edition of SeaWorld Orlando's Bands, Brew & BBQ Festival as previously announced, a theme park spokesman said Thursday.

Nelson will not appear "due to scheduling conflicts," SeaWorld's Nick Gollattscheck said. Nelson was scheduled to lead off the concert series on Feb. 1.

He's the second defection from Bands, Brew & BBQ since the lineup was announced last month. Barenaked Ladies announced last week that they had canceled their apperance because of the controversy over the documentary "Blackfish," which is critical of the park's treatment of killer whales.

More than 9,000 people had signed an online petition on Change.Org to pull out of the concert series.

Other acts scheduled to come to SeaWorld include Cheap Trick, REO Speedwagon, Justin Moore, Scotty McCreery, Martina McBride and 38 Special.


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