Boston, Pearl Jam Cancel North Carolina Concerts To Protest 'Bathroom Law'
April 18, 2016 at 3:46 PM (PT)
BOSTON and PEARL JAM have followed the lead of BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN and BRYAN ADAMS and decided to cancel upcoming concerts in NORTH CAROLINA. BOSTON has shelved MAY 4th, 5th and 6th shows in CHARLOTTE, GREENSBORO and RALEIGH, NC, while PEAL JAM followed suit by canceling its APRIL 20th show in RALEIGH.
The band's leader TOM SCHOLZ, issued the following statement on the band's website and FACEBOOK page:
While the enjoyment of our fans is our central concern, and we have been looking forward to celebrating 40 years of history performing for our listeners in NORTH CAROLINA with spectacular live shows this spring, human rights are more important. It is with deep regret, that I must announce the cancelation of our upcoming shows on MAY 4th, 5th and 6th in CHARLOTTE, GREENSBORO and RALEIGH in order to raise awareness, and protest in the strongest terms, the recent passage of HB2, the so-called 'NORTH CAROLINA bathroom law.'
HB2 has the appearance of an oppressive discriminatory law against a small minority, who already have to deal with a narrow-minded world regarding issues beyond their control which they did nothing to bring upon themselves. Other aspects of the new law arguably encourage bigotry. With thousands of fans in attendance at our shows, it is likely that some members of our audience and/or their loved ones are affected on a daily basis by this ugly expression of intolerance.
My sincere apologies to our fans who have already made arrangements to attend these shows. The removal of the shows from our schedule is a major disappointment. It has always been my wish to inspire people with BOSTON’s music. Hopefully the sacrifices we are all making here will inspire people to do the right thing in the future. We look forward to the day that the state government of NORTH CAROLINA will come to its senses and treat ALL individuals with equal freedom in their pursuit of happiness here in the U.S..
Pearl Jam Speaks
The band's statement, posted on its website, reads:
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,