It was a great but different (for Kid Rock) concert. The park wasn't as full as I've seen it in previous years for concerts (park was clearly expecting more with cops stationed to block off the street to the aux parking lot - which was never needed) but come show time pretty much entire stadium was full. I expect much of it had to do with the Super Bowl since the kickoff was just about a hour after the show ended.
As you see in the clips he mentioned how great SeaWorld was a few times during the show and it always seemed genuine since it was followed by comments how he used to come there as a kid. He stayed away from his more vulgar songs (Cocky, Devil Without a Cause, You Never Met a Mother F..., even perhaps one of his biggest hits: Bawitdaba) and stuck mainly to his more recent country rock tunes. He even joked at one point "we are digging deep today... 'family friendly' show hmm... we'll play some stuff we don't usually play." (Someone told me earlier in weekend one of the backup singers tweeted they specifically rehearsed different songs and reworked others). He never cursed and let the audience sing the more vulgar parts. At one point when he was doing a DJ turntable routine he stopped and was like "um yeah so the next part... block the kid's ear for a few seconds." Whether if he was asked to tone down(I heard he wasn't) or he did it on his own, it was still probably the most energetic and lively crowd at a Bands, Brew and BBQ event.
"Wasn't expecting this lively of a crowd - looks like we're gonna have some fun." "SeaWorld is a great place - we used to come down here every easter..." "No matter how you slice it, this is a place that pays a lot of taxes and one of the reasons that America and Florida is such a great place to be. More importantly, the bottom line when you cut through all of it - it brings families together and creates memories that last a lifetime." "I wish SeaWorld had rock and roll concerts when I came here as a kid.. I just remember going home wet from a big smelly whale."
You would never know anything had happened in regards to bands canceling and effecting the event - and the MC before/after the show was quick to remind people to keep checking the website this week for next week's concerts.
One theory I have - the CEO said late last year they were going to focus more on driving revenue than attendance and weed out discounts. Then a few weeks ago there was Groupon offers and a huge focus on Fun Cards - quite the opposite of his remarks. I wonder if knowing it would be hard to announce bands with a short notice and expect people to buy tickets they found a way to quickly build up an annual pass base so that when people hear "just announced this weekend..." they can go "oh, I have a pass, that's included" instead of "oh, I have to spend 90 dollars to see them?"
^But that is all they can do is attack things on the internet because they don't actually have to put in any effort to do so. If they really cared they would do something more meaningful than disliking a video on YouTube.
When we went to Florida in the fall we picked Busch Gardens Tampa (TOTALLY worth it, got my new #1 and had a blast) but seeing this makes me think I could have had fun had we picked SeaWorld too. It's a park I've always wanted to visit.
And as somebody with a neutral stance on the whole "Blackfish vs. SeaWorld: The Final Conflict Driving Down the Highway in Space in a McDonalds on Robotic Legs Chased by Ninjas with Bad Electronic Music Playing in the Background 4 and a Halfth Edition" thing (don't want to go too far into detail on my stance because some people might not fully agree with it and I don't want to start a fight, but I can safely say I'm not a Blackfish person. Not necessarily somebody to go out of my way to support SeaWorld, but at the same time I'm not a total Blackfish person) I can safely say that while the bands who decided not to perform had every right not to, it's a real shame that they did because even with two musical acts that aren't really my cup of tea, this looked like an amazing event and what a way to spend a Sunday! Go to Bands, Brew, and BBQ and then watch the Superbowl, love it! I'm not legal in the States yet but I've been legal for a week on vacation in Mexico and know what kinds of beer I do and don't like, but in a year and a half when I am I'll definitely make an effort to make it to this! The ribs looked amazing and I loved the stage setup with the palm trees and Manta in the background. And I WANT that dressed up Shamu costume. No idea what I'd do with it, but I'd find a use!
Makes me wish Wildwater Kingdom had stayed SeaWorld (wasn't it or Geauga Lake that started life as SeaWorld Ohio?) so I could have gone to it at some point. This and Wizarding World make me want to go back to Florida sometime! Today I would have much preferred to be there than driving on roads covered in icy slush. Hope everybody who went had a blast!
YES! Orlando Brewing (Orlando), Florida Beer (Cape Canaveral), and Cigar City (Tampa) are all there this year. I'm glad to see Orlando Brewing getting into the action this year. Disney has been using some of their brew for the Summer Festival at Epcot (Can't remember the name of it) and now SeaWorld is using them. All make quality brews. I suggest the I4 IPA from Orlando and the Red.
If you want to go to the brewery, it's about 15-20 minutes north of the theme parks (depending on traffic) and it's right downtown.
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