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REO SpeedWagon

We Were Moved by 'Blackfish'

We're Quitting SeaWorld Gig Too

12/13/2013 3:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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REO Speedwagon is taking a stand against SeaWorld's alleged abuse of its Orcas -- TMZ has learned the band just pulled out of an upcoming concert there ... following in the footsteps of several other high profile acts.

Sources close to REO Speedwagon tell us their cancellation is directly related to the documentary "Blackfish" ... which exposed alleged killer whale abuse at the aquatic amusement park.

The concert is supposed to go down in February at the Orlando, FL park -- but Cheap Trick, Trisha Yearwood, Willie Nelson, Barenaked Ladies, and Heart had already backed out.

SeaWorld says it expects "other artists will be targeted" by the campaign to organize a protest. They added they're going to book other bands to fill the open slots. 

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Dead account Delete at will    

Oh no.. With no REO Speedwagon im sure Seaworld will fold and close for sure.

279 days ago
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G    

They'll for book Kanye. He is the biggest sellout in the industry.

279 days ago
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TheRealMe    

Good on them for taking a stand!

279 days ago
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Dead account Delete at will    

Blackfish wasnt that the name of Kanyes group before he went solo?

279 days ago
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cementmixer    

Boycott anyone who forms

279 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

****in hippies.

279 days ago
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cementmixer    

Sorry about that. boycott anyone that performs there.

279 days ago
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1 opinion    

Classy move, REO, Sea World's abuse of sea mammals is atrocious.

279 days ago
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keith golay    

pucker

279 days ago
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Ace    

I'm sure TMZ got this story from a whale who, heard it from a whale who, heard it from another they've been.....wait a second, REO Speedwagon is still together???

279 days ago
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6one9    

Nice job guys!!!!
You ALL look like a bunch of ``OLD `` stoners
Who ARE HIGH in this pic!!!

279 days ago
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bfs    

nobody cares, ridiculous. sea world deserves better...

279 days ago
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miss b    

Damn,
They got old!

279 days ago
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Mikey    

Killer Whales are evil murderous bastards. I call for a boycott of any band that supports these killers!

279 days ago
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Chweener    

Sea World is so arrogant "going to book other bands to fill the open slots." The right thing to do here is to cancel the damn event. You don't need a brick to hit you in the head that the public is unhappy with you. Idiots!

279 days ago
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