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REO Speedwagon Drummer

My Son Survived SeaWorld

But We're Not Going Back

1/17/2014 7:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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REO Speedwagon's protest of SeaWorld isn't just business ... it's personal too, because he now realizes his son was lucky to survive a close encounter with the park's most famous Orca.

REO's drummer, Bryan Hitt says back in the day he took his 6-month old son to the San Antonio SeaWorld ... and sat him right on top of Shamu.

But after seeing the "Blackfish" documentary, Bryan says ... "I would never put my kid on a whale [today]. They've eaten some people lately."

Bryan also gets pretty intense explaining why he's never taking his family back to the park -- and also why REO became one of the first acts to back out of a huge festival concert there.

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B4-I-FU-RU-18?    

Wtf is that?

91 days ago
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Liz    

What the heck??? Putting a 6 month old baby on the back of an orca? Shades of Michael Jackson dangling a baby over the railing!! But most of all ... it's bad for the orca. WOW. How'd Sea World let him do that?? BAD BAD BAD

91 days ago
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Azi    

What is it with parents who take their infants to these amusement parks. If they are younger than 3 or 4, these children won't remember a thing. In reality it's just an excuse for parents to justify going to the parks for their own enjoyment.

91 days ago
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al baby    

Just looked up dip chit in the dictionary sure enough had that dudes picture next to it

91 days ago
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Azi    

Get a haircut, you look like an ugly woman !

91 days ago
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queenE    

What parents ever thought it would be safe to put your kid on a giant wild animal????? Idiots! Yea let's blame Sea World.

91 days ago
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Denver    

Back in WHAT day? When? What kind of reporting is that?

91 days ago
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Bella    

Don't believe everything you see on TV. Check it out for yourself. Blackfish did a lot of creative editing and those who were interviewed are speaking out about it. My love for Seaworld as a child is why I financially support the Sea Shepard Organization today.

91 days ago
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Anonymous527496    

He seriously looks like an old menopausal woman.

91 days ago
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BobbyC    

So before he saw Blackfish, he thought it was a good idea to put his 6 month old on top of Shamu.

Makes sense.

91 days ago
11.

Ozzie X    

Time to cut the hair old man.

91 days ago
12.

Dead@27    

Whoever this old woman is, she's a Bad Mom.

91 days ago
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Yurra Knutz    

I was on the back of a Vegas whale once.
She lost all of her money so I got off.

91 days ago
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Yurra Knutz    

REO Speedwagon?

Where Grand Funk Railroad and ELO at?

91 days ago
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Jughead    

Yawn. A stupid old man complaining about a stupid fish. Can we get back to Justin Bieber already?

91 days ago
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