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SeaWorld responds to Joan Jett's request not to use her music

Dec. 10, 2013 at 12:03 PM
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ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 10 (UPI) -- SeaWorld spokesman Nick Gollattscheck says the Florida theme park has no plans to use Joan Jett's music in future shows.

"Ms. Jett's music is not currently part of any show although it was played as walk-in music for the 'Shamu Rocks' nighttime show at SeaWorld Orlando and was fully licensed for us to use," Gollattscheck told the Orlando Sentinel. "A new night-time Shamu show is being designed for SeaWorld Orlando, and we had no plans to use any of her music in that show."

The newspaper said Gollattscheck's statement was in response to a letter Jett penned to SeaWorld President Jim Atchison, requesting her hit "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" be removed from the theme park's summer-time "Shamu Rocks" killer-whale show.

"I'm among the millions who saw 'Blackfish' and am sickened that my music was blasted without my permission at sound-sensitive marine mammals," Jett said, adding the park should release the animals to coastal sanctuaries.

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