“Rock Band®, Live” prepares for national tour
Cedar Fair Press Release
SANDUSKY, OHIO, APRIL 13, 2010 – Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a publicly traded leader in regional amusement parks, water parks, vacation resorts and entertainment, is gearing up for one of the most anticipated North American summer music tours.
Cedar Fair, along with MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), will present the “Rock Band®, Live” tour and show at 10 of its parks across the United States and Canada beginning in May.
Members of the media are invited to attend an exclusive sneak peek of the show in New York on Thursday and Friday, April 22 and 23. This “workshop session” will be held at the New 42nd Street Studios with performances starting at 1 p.m. each day.
During the workshop, invited Rock Band fans and special guests will see portions of the actual show and have the opportunity to comment and offer feedback to show producers. Performers, representatives from Cedar Fair, MTV Games and RWS & Associates will be available for interviews. For more information or to RSVP to this special event, please call Tony Clark at 419.627.2225.
So what is “Rock Band, Live”? This unique show combines the high-energy game play action of the popular Rock Band® video games with talented live singers from all over the country. Park guests will even have the opportunity to practice the Rock Band video game prior to each show for a chance to play the game (as the back-up band for the park performers) on stage in front of hundreds of adoring fans.
“Rock Band, Live” is a collaboration between Cedar Fair, MTV Games and RWS & Associates, a full-service entertainment firm that provides custom-produced world-class events and live shows worldwide.
Guests can rock out to two summer-long shows at Cedar Point in Sandusky and Canada’s Wonderland near Toronto. These shows will run June 5 – August 22 and May 29 – September 6, respectively.
Cedar Fair has also announced the “Rock Band, Live” national tour schedule. Exact show dates and times subject to change. See park Web sites for detailed schedules.
May 28 – 31 — Dorney Park in Allentown, Pa.
June 3 – 13 — Kings Island in Cincinnati, Ohio
June 17 – 27 — Valleyfair in Shakopee, Minn.
July 1 – 11 — Carowinds in Charlotte, N.C.
July 15 – 18 — Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Mo.
July 23 – August 1 — California’s Great America in Santa Clara, Calif.
August 5 – 15 — Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif.
August 20 – 29 — Kings Dominion in Doswell, Va.
“This show is really going to raise the bar on family entertainment,” said Charles Bradshaw, vice president of live entertainment for Cedar Fair. “It’s unlike anything we’ve ever done at our parks. Not only can families enjoy a great live show, but they now have the chance to be a part of it with the help of the Rock Band video game. It’s literally going to rock!”
For more information on the “Rock Band, Live” show, the national tour and the summer-long shows at Cedar Point and Canada’s Wonderland, visit cedarfair.com/rockbandlive.
About MTV Networks
MTV Networks, a division of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world’s leading creators of entertainment content, with brands that engage and connect diverse audiences across television, online, mobile, games, virtual worlds and consumer products. The company’s portfolio spans more than 150 television channels and 350 digital media properties worldwide, and includes MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Harmonix, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Noggin, The N, AddictingGames, Neopets, COMEDY CENTRAL, Spike TV, TV Land, Atom, Gametrailers and Xfire.
About MTV Games
MTV Games is dedicated to creating, marketing and publishing high-quality, innovative interactive products that are relevant to the MTV audience and complement the core values of the MTV Networks brands.
About RWS & Associates
RWS & Associates is an Emmy®-Award-winning full service entertainment firm headquartered in New York City. RWS provides high quality, custom-designed and pre-packaged entertainment throughout the world in theme parks, resorts, shopping centers and more.
About Cedar Fair Entertainment Company
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN) is a publicly traded partnership headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio. The Partnership, which owns and operates eleven amusement parks, six outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels, is one of the largest regional amusement park operators in the world. Its parks are located in Ohio, California, North Carolina, Virginia / District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan, and Toronto, Ontario. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, California under a management contract. Cedar Fair’s flagship park, Cedar Point, has been voted the “Best Amusement Park in the World” for twelve consecutive years in a prestigious annual poll conducted by Amusement Today newspaper.