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Phyrst Cancels Drake Bell Performance Amid Prison Sentence, Guilty Plea

It looks like Drake Bell did not, in fact, find a way to perform at the Phyrst this fall.

Instead, the former Nickelodeon star’s planned performances in State College on September 21 are now canceled, according to the Phyrst’s Facebook page. Anyone who purchased tickets already will receive a full refund.

The called-off shows come after Bell pleaded guilty after being initially charged with “attempted child endangerment and disseminating material harmful to children.” Bell now faces up to two years in prison, according to The New York Times. A hearing is scheduled for July 12.

Prosecutors said Bell had inappropriately messaged a 15-year-old girl who attended a concert in Cleveland in December 2017. Cleveland’s police department said that Bell had sent her inappropriate social media messages in the months leading up to the show, too.

Bell’s planned performances in State College have been shuffled around a handful of times from the originally scheduled March 2020 date, although that was due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The most recent postponement came in March.

Bell is best known for co-starring alongside Josh Peck in Nickelodeon’s fan-favorite sitcom “Drake and Josh” from 2004 to 2007. His original song “Found a Way” served as the show’s catchy, memorable theme song, and he also made several guest appearances on “The Amanda Show.”

He’s produced five studio albums since turning his attention to music full time. His debut album, “Telegraph,” was independently released in 2005, and then re-released in 2007. Bell’s next two albums, “It’s Only Time” and “Ready Steady Go!” were released in 2006 and 2014, respectively. He released two albums in 2020, “The Lost Album,” and “Sesiones En Casa.”

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By day, Matt is a senior majoring in journalism. By night, he's Onward State's managing editor. He's a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football lover, and washed-up drummer hailing from Collegeville, Pa. The quickest way to his heart is Margherita pizza and "Arrested Development" quotes. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ if you hate yourself or email Matt at [email protected] if you hate him.

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