'Blackfish' controversy update: Pat Benatar, Beach Boys and Neil Giraldo cancel Busch Gardens Tampa

(CNN) -- The "Blackfish" controversy that torpedoed SeaWorld's Orlando concert series has now sunk some shows at Busch Gardens Tampa.

"We regret to announce that the Beach Boys and Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo have canceled their performances at Bands, Brew & BBQ this year, but we respect their decision," a Busch Gardens Tampa spokesman said Thursday. "We're disappointed that there is a media controversy enacted by animal activists and based on misinformation."

Busch Gardens Tampa is owned by SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, which has been targeted by animal rights activist since the airing of the documentary "Blackfish" on CNN last October.

A long list of musical acts -- including Trace Adkins, Willie Nelson and Trisha Yearwood -- have canceled shows that were scheduled as part of SeaWorld's "Bands, Blues & BBQ" in February and March.

Benatar said in a statement to CNN that she canceled her February 22 show once she realized that Busch Gardens was affiliated with SeaWorld. "In light of this we have opted to cancel our February 22, 2014 performance at Busch Gardens in Tampa."

CNN's Cristy Lenz and Carolyn Sung contributed to this report.

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