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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Rodeo Sues Animal Activists over Matchbox Twenty Concert Cancellation

An animal welfare group that was able to convince rock group Matchbox Twenty to cancel a performance at a rodeo.

Omaha, Neb.-based Romeo Entertainment Group filed the lawsuit last week in federal court in Cheyenne against SHARK, which stands for Showing Animals Respect and Kindness, and its president, Steve Hindi.

The lawsuit accuses Hindi and SHARK, which is based in far west suburban Geneva, of using ''false and misleading information'' and ''threats of negative publicity'' to try to get entertainers to cancel their performances at the rodeo.

This sounds like baloney. Whether you agree with rodeos or not, I don't think they can win a suit against someone for convincing someone else not to perform. Sue the group for breach of contract if that's what they did.

Here is a link to Matchbox Twenty's site explaining their cancellation (click on the Cheyenne Frontier Days label).

Here is link to band member Rob Thomas' foundation Sidewalk Angels, that helps on animal and homeless issues. Warning, they have a flash intro screen. Sigh. Still it's worth a look.

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