Snoop Dogg Stands With Striking Writers And Actors: Hollywood Bowl Shows Canceled

The iconic rapper's anticipated concerts, produced by Dr. Dre, get shelved amidst industry-wide strikes

In a move that underscores the far-reaching impact of the ongoing Writers Guild of America (WGA) and SAG-AFTRA strikes, rap legend Snoop Dogg has announced the cancellation of his much-anticipated Hollywood Bowl concerts. These shows, which were set to mark the 30th anniversary of his groundbreaking album “Doggystyle,” were initially slated for June 26 and 27. However, they were postponed to October 20 and 21 due to the WGA strike, and now, they’ve been canceled altogether.

The Hollywood Bowl had described the events as a unique opportunity for fans to see Snoop Dogg bring together “some of his best friends” and perform iconic tracks like “Gin and Juice,” “What’s My Name,” and “Lodi Dodi.” The concerts were also set to be produced by Dr. Dre, the mastermind behind “Doggystyle.”

In a statement shared online, Snoop Dogg expressed his regret over the cancellation, emphasizing his solidarity with the striking writers and actors. He stated, “We continue to stand in solidarity with all of our brothers and sisters in the WGA and SAG/AFTRA during this difficult time and remain hopeful that the AMPTP will come back to the negotiating table with a REAL proposal and we can all get back to work.”Snoop Dogg Stands With Striking Writers And Actors: Hollywood Bowl Shows Canceled, Yours Truly, News, April 13, 2024

The WGA strike, which commenced on May 2, has been a significant point of contention in Hollywood. The guild has highlighted the decreasing median pay for writers, especially with the shift to streaming platforms. The emergence of “mini-rooms,” which employ fewer writers for shorter durations, has further exacerbated the issue. On July 13, actors joined the writers in their protest, marking the first simultaneous walkout in 63 years.

Snoop Dogg, while addressing a conference in May, drew parallels between the challenges faced by writers and those confronted by musical artists in the streaming era. He emphasized the need for musicians to unite and advocate for a fair share of the revenue generated by streaming giants like Spotify and Apple Music.

The Hollywood Bowl has assured ticket holders that they will receive automatic refunds, processed to their original payment method, within the upcoming week. As the entertainment industry grapples with these strikes, Snoop Dogg’s decision to cancel his shows serves as a powerful statement of solidarity and a reminder of the broader implications of the ongoing disputes.

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