Another major act has said “hell no” to appearing in North Carolina — Pearl Jam has canceled their Raleigh gig scheduled for April 20th.
For the scores of socially evolved, live-music junkies living in North Carolina, 2016 is not shaping up to be the best year ever.
Fans of everyone from Springsteen to Steven Schwartz musicals are going to have to travel across state lines to see performances, which is usually not feasible from a time and/or money standpoint.
But what these performers understand is that the disappointment even their most loyal fan might feel at the cancelations pales in comparison to the injustice inflicted through the state’s recently passed HB2 law.
Pearl Jam released this statement online, which is handwritten so you know it means business:
It is with deep consideration and much regret that we must cancel the Raleigh show in North Carolina on April 20th.
This will be upsetting to those who have tickets and you can be assured that we are equally frustrated by the situation.
The HB2 law that was recently passed is a despicable piece of legislation that encourages discrimination against an entire group of American citizens. The practical implications are expansive and its negative impact upon basic human rights is profound. We want America to be a place where no one can be turned away from a business because of who they love or fired from their job for who they are.
It is for this reason that we must take a stand against prejudice, along with other artists and businesses, and join those in North Carolina who are working to oppose HB2 and repair what is currently unacceptable.
We have communicated with local groups and will be providing them with funds to help facilitate progress on this issue.
In the meantime we will be watching with hope and waiting in line for a time when we can return.
Perhaps even celebrate.
With immense gratitude for your understanding,
Other acts like Cyndi Lauper and Duran Duran have chosen to move forward with NC appearances, but still make it the focus of their shows.
Lauper announced all profits from her June 4 show in Raleigh will go to support the fight against HB2. Most recently, Duran Duran launched a petition to repeal HB2 during their performance, urging those in attendance to sign.
Here’s lead singer Simon Le Bon speaking at the gig: