Beach Boys American Flag Fiasco?-Fiction

Beach Boys American Flag Fiasco?-Fiction

Summary of eRumor:

A country radio station announcer’s account of a back stage dispute over the American flag displayed at a Beach Boys concert at the Dutchess County Fair.

The Truth:

The Beach Boys did perform at the Dutchess County (DC) Fair on August 24, 2008.   This rock and roll band began in the 1960’s in Southern California and has been a staple for American music lovers for four decades.

WRWD radio announcer Tommy Lee Walker told that he did send out this email.  

A representative of the Events & Corporate Affairs department that managed the fair event told that an issue was raised and discussed over the telephone between DC FAIR management and production staff regarding an American flag that was hanging from the roof at the back of the stage.   The Beach Boys performance contract stipulated an approval for all backdrops on the stage and requested that the flag be removed.   The management pointed out a rider in the contract regarding the display of a 30’X20′ US Flag for the song “Surfing USA” and that the flag on the stage was actually flown over the US Capitol in the District of Columbia and presented to the fair to honor all the veterans of Dutchess County.   Within 15 minutes the management was notified by phone that this flag would remain where it was placed.   After the performance when the set was dismantled the flag was moved to the front of the stage where it stayed for the rest of the week.

posted 09/11/08