Saturday, July 19, 2008

More Colorado rodeo woes

At the start of the month, the Greeley Stampede was the focus of a ultimately pointless Poison spat when Rikki Rocket issued a statement about how terrible it was that the band were playing a rodeo, but played anyway because, erm, a gig is a gig.

Now, the Cheyenne Frontier Days has suffered a high-profile pull-out, as Matchbox Twenty suddenly realised that being lined up to play a rodeo meant they were going to have a play a rodeo, and bailed. Although, apparently, it's only cruel sometimes:

Matchbox Twenty, which said it cancelled because of animal rights concerns, will be playing at three state fairs that also feature rodeos in the coming months.

The band could not be reached for comment Friday about why it considered the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo, touted as the "Daddy of 'em All," different from the other rodeos it has agreed to play.

The group is scheduled to perform at the North Dakota State fair, the Orange County State Fair and the California Mid- State Fair.

Perhaps Californian bulls deserve to be badly treated.