Johnny Cash Tribute Concert Canceled

A concert marking the 40th anniversary of Johnny Cash's famous concert at Folsom State Prison has been scrapped.

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A concert marking the 40th anniversary of Johnny Cash's famous concert at Folsom State Prison has been scrapped, with the prison and the promoter blaming each other for the cancellation.

The tribute concert, scheduled for Sunday, was to have been staged in the same prison cafeteria where Cash performed before inmates on Jan. 13, 1968. That breakthrough performance became a popular live album.

Prison officials called off the show late Monday, citing problems over filming rights, media access and security concerns.

Promoter Jonathan Holiff claims the cancellation was just another broken promise by prison officials. "I was in tears when I found out," Holiff said.

The show, which would have been streamed worldwide over the Internet, was to have been underwritten by four nonprofit groups that were to share the venture's profit.

The concert also was to have featured Cash's music and include drummer W.S. "Fluke" Holland, one of his original backup musicians.

The executive director of Prison Fellowship Ministries, which had helped underwrite the event, said Cash fans and the inmates are the losers in this conflict.

"Johnny was wild at heart, just like these men," Joe Avila said. "But just like him, they can change. They can walk the line."

Cash died in 2003.

Thanks for the info to Yahoo! News

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    fattypumbaa
    Well who the **** would play? It doesn't say. It just mentions his former drummer. Would Cash impersonators play or would Haggard and Kristofferson play Cash songs? Either way pretty damn shitty that they canceled.
    CQB_241
    It would have been really cool if bands like Social D and the Reverend Horton Heat were to play.....oh well, I guess we'll never know...