Bruce Springsteen Cancels North Carolina Concert Because of New Anti-LGBT Bill
Bruce Springsteen is showing solidarity for the LGBT community in North Carolina – and the world – right now.
The legendary musician and the E Street Band are currently on tour supporting his 2015 reissue of The River, and were due in Greensboro, North Carolina on Sunday (April 10).
In a statement made on his website on Friday (April 8), Springsteen announced that “Some things are more important than a rock show,” and that he was cancelling the show over the House Bill 2, otherwise known as the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, or “bathroom” law. According to this new law passed on March 23, transgender people must use the bathrooms that correspond with their physical sex at birth.
Springsteen goes on to explain why he’s showing “solidarity,” and apologized to fans:
…Just as important, the law also attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their human rights are violated in the workplace. No other group of North Carolinians faces such a burden. To my mind, it’s an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress. Right now, there are many groups, businesses, and individuals in North Carolina working to oppose and overcome these negative developments.
Taking all of this into account, I feel that this is a time for me and the band to show solidarity for those freedom fighters. As a result, and with deepest apologies to our dedicated fans in Greensboro, we have canceled our show scheduled for Sunday, April 10th. Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.
All tickets will be refunded.
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band’s April 10th show is canceled. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase. https://t.co/YahXTKffvV
— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) April 8, 2016