It's been a long time since Elvis died, so perhaps somebody can refresh my memory: Was his funeral broadcast live on television, forcing local stations to re-arrange their broadcasting schedule?
What about Janis Joplin, or Jimi Hendrix, or Rick Nelson? Or Richie Valens, who sang a song named for me? I don't recall seeing their funerals on TV.
Since when is a performer so important that his funeral pre-empts normal broadcasting? The only funeral that commanded this much attention in my memory is that of John F. Kennedy; but he was PRESIDENT, for heaven's sake.
This whole thing has gotten out of control. I refuse to participate. Especially on my birthday.