Boston has now joined the ever-expanding club of cancelations in North Carolina over HB 2. Frontman Tom Scholz issued a statement earlier explaining the band's decision to cancel its early May dates, on a run celebrating the band's fortieth anniversary.
Most recently, Ani DiFranco announced
that she wouldn't perform at the Festival for the Eno over HB 2, joining Ringo Starr
, Cirque du Soleil, and Bruce Springsteen
in the decision to boycott the state.
We've got more than a feeling that Boston won't be the last band to do this. Read the full statement below.
BOSTON CANCELS 3 MAY NORTH CAROLINA SHOWS FROM THEIR TOUR
While the enjoyment of our fans is our central concern, and we have been looking forward to celebrating forty 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 cancellation of our upcoming shows on May 4, 5 & 6 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 United States.
~ Tom Scholz