Pearl Jam is the latest band in a recent wave of musicians pulling out of concerts to oppose HB 2, which North Carolina passed in March removing protections for LGBTQ employees. The law also forces transgender individuals to use the bathroom of their biological gender.
The band is currently on its American tour and they have decided to cancel their show in Raleigh, scheduled for Wednesday, April 20th.
In a statement on their website, the rock group had this to stay about the law and canceling their show:
“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, Pearl Jam”
They most recently played a show in Hampton on Monday and will pick up their tour in South Carolina on Thursday. Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr have also canceled shows in the state along with businesses and corporations who have pulled future projects or facilities out of the state in response to the anti-LGBTQ law. Read more on that here. Breweries in North Carolina are even teaming up to create a beer to combat the law with proceeds going to LGBTQ organizations.
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