Rumble Update: Jenny Dee withdraws, OldJack replaces

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In a surprising twist to this year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble, Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents (winners of the first preliminary Night #1) have withdrawn from this Friday’s semifinals. The local soul standouts have cited a scheduling conflict with a previously booked show for the withdrawal.

In a statement on their official website, the band stated, “Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents are the only band in the 32- year history of The Rock n’ Roll Rumble to win our Preliminary night and NOT advance to the Semi-Finals. In an unfortunate turn, we regretfully will not be participating in the Rumble Semi-Finals this Friday night, due to a pre-existing conflict with a gig that was booked in the fall of 2010 for the very same night (Friday, April 15th). Even though the Semi-Finals are being held both Thursday night (the 14th) and Friday night (the 15th), The Rumble decided they could not accommodate Jenny Dee in the Thursday night Semi-Final because of certain rules pertaining to the event. Rather than cancel a gig last minute, we have decided to withdraw from The Rumble. As much as we would have loved to kick John Powhida’s ass, we’ll let someone else do the honors. Some people are winners, and some people like fried scallops. We will be playing the long-planned Opening Night at Captain Carlo’s in Gloucester on Friday night starting at 9pm.”

OldJack, as the next highest scoring band from the first preliminary night, will take now take the vacated spot in the semifinals. The revised lineup for the show with estimated set times is available below. The finals of the 2011 Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble will take place Friday, April 22.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble Semifinals Schedule

Thursday, April 14 – Semifinal Night #1
9:30  – Spirit Kid
10:15 – Sidewalk Driver
11:00 – Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling
11:45 – Mellow Bravo

Friday, April 15 – Semifinal Night #2
9:30  – Black Thai
10:15 – OldJack
11:00 – Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys
11:45 – John Powhida International Airport

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