Republican Convention Delay Puts Musical Performances in Question

 

High-profile entertainers lined up for the Republican National Convention may have to wait a while longer to fire up voters.

The convention, which was set to start Monday in Tampa Bay, Fla., has been delayed a day as Hurricane Isaac nears the state’s coast.

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"Our first priority is ensuring the safety of delegates, alternates, guests, members of the media attending the Republican National Convention, and citizens of the Tampa Bay area," Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.

Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Oak Ridge Boys had been scheduled to perform Monday, the same day the roll call of the states was slated to officially name Mitt Romney the party's nominee for president. The RNC did not say if those performances would be rescheduled or have simply been canceled.

Others scheduled to perform at the convention include American Idol season five champion Taylor Hicks and 3 Doors Down, who tweeted Friday they were “excited to Rock the @GOP convention.”

The band is slated to perform Tuesday, where they are planning to premiere a new single, “One Light.” 

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“We are honored to be asked to play the RNC and are excited about our performance,” Brad Arnold, 3 Doors Down frontman, said in a statement.  “We consider it a privilege.”

Although Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency as the storm approaches, convention officials believe festivities will begin Tuesday and conclude Thursday as planned.

"We're looking forward to a great start on Tuesday and don't know of any reason operationally why that won't happen," Bill Harris, CEO of the convention told USA Today.

Democrats, meanwhile, are prepping for their own convention in Charlotte, N.C. Sept. 3-Sept. 6. Musical acts have not been announced, but Eva Longoria and Jessica Alba have been tapped for key roles.

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