Musician Father John Misty paid a tribute to Chuck E. Cheese via social media. Misty took to Facebook on Friday and published a funny eulogy to the robotic icon.
The tribute comes after Chuck E. Cheese announced they’re pulling out the legendary, and scary, robotic band and modernizing the restaurant’s concept.
“Though the world may have moved on, the music remains.”
Grief takes many forms, and we’ve all been grieving over the loss of Chuck E. Cheese‘s animatronic band in different ways. John Misty’s grief led him to write a poetic and emotionally charged eulogy for Chuck E.’s robotic band of three animals, one monster, and an Italian chef.
“When I consider that this m*therf*ck*r was playing up to 5 sets a night all over the country simultaneously I am reminded that, yes, it can be done,” he continued. Misty also paid homage to Chuck’s unique musical style, a style all his own.
“[Producer]Max Martin would’ve had nothing to do with Cheese. He was a little thick around the waste [sic], and certainly refused to change with protean fads in the culture.
“Chuck embodied the American ideal of the time while presaging the alternative currencies that we’d see 30 years later,” he added. He closed his heartfelt, and hilarious, a tribute to Chuck Entertainment Cheese by writing, “This man introduced me to music. Though the world may have moved on, the music remains.”
The musician kicked off a new round of North American tour dates August 5th at the Osheaga Music Festival in Montreal, Canada.
He’ll embark on another leg September 13th at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston.
The famous restaurant it’s going for a more modern look
The kid-focused pizza chain is updating a handful of restaurants with open kitchens and toned-down colors, as well as one striking omission, the animatronic animals who play music and entertain families.
The revamp comes as the restaurant chain is looking to re-engage families and kids with a “modern experience,” said CEC Chief Executive Tom Leverton.
The redesigned locations also feature a dance floor where a live Chuck E. comes out to shake a leg with children. The animatronic bands were shown the door with the new design. “It’s the biggest thing we’ve done for the look and feel of Chuck E. Cheese for two decades,” Leverton said.
“The kids stopped looking at the animatronics years and years ago, and they would wait for the live Chuck E. to come out.” Children’s taste in entertainment is much more sophisticated now than when the chain started in 1977 because kids today are used to slick animations and special effects.
“The animatronics became a side show,” he said.
The company is starting its revamp with four locations in San Antonio, Texas, and will then renovate three restaurants in the Kansas City, Missouri, area. The new design highlights change the company had made to Chuck E. Cheese’s menu, which now includes wraps, gluten-free pizza, and a thin-crust pizza.
“We are trying to make sure while we are focused on being a kid business, mom and dad will have a great experience,” Leverton said. Parents “shouldn’t have to sacrifice” when they take their kids out for dinner.
Ryan Adams had a strange reaction to Misty’s letter
While John Misty was busy writing about his Chuck E. Cheese love, musician Ryan Adams threw some hard bones at Misty.
Adams took to Twitter to roast his fellow singer in a series of now deleted Tweets. The tirade was apparently triggered by a tweet from Austin City Limits announcing a performance from Misty.
“It’s so wonderful you booked the most self-important ass**le on earth to ‘break it all down for us’ while he does his Nick Cave impression,” Ryan replied in a since-deleted tweet.
When a Twitter user told Adams to “chill out” he quipped.
“Yeah, Elton Josh has never targeted another artist before. Ever. Weren’t you in a video of his lampooning Kurt Cobain? Ummmmmmm,” he wrote, referencing Misty’s “Total Entertainment Forever” video in which Kurt Cobain, played by Macaulay Culkin, is crucified.
It’s unclear why exactly Adams decided to unload on Misty now, though it’s possible he’s just been biding his time since April of last year when Misty called Adams’ cover of Taylor Swifts 1989 “a “grotesque stunt.“
Ryan Adams has made waves in recent months for not-so-nice comments about alt-J (“It’s like a mosquito bite — if you ignore it, it’ll go away”) and The Strokes (“I should’ve forced them to get addicted to writing better songs”).
In a subsequent Instagram posting, Adams apologized for his comments.
“I’m human & I have bad days. It happens. I apologize. I took a deep breath & remembered I can always do better,” he wrote.
I'm human & I have bad days. It happens. I apologize. I took a deep breath & remembered I can always do better. As a human I am never going to be done working towards being more compassionate, peaceful and open. So I leave this here as a reminder. I am very tired but it's no excuse to be cruel to others, even if they have shown me that same meanness. It is better to love. With Love, Forgiveness & Peace & Magic XO
Source: Screen Geek