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Pearl Jam, who are disappointed that we can't find a better man than Pat McCrory
Bad news if you were looking forward to Wednesday night's Pearl Jam concert in Raleigh: The band has announced that it, too, will not perform in North Carolina, as a protest against the state's discriminatory HB 2.
Pearl Jam joins a growing list of performers canceling appearances in the state as protests against the bill. So far, that list includes Boston
, Bruce Springsteen
, Cirque du Soleil, Ringo Starr
, and Ani DiFranco
, whose cancelation affects the fund-raising efforts of the Eno River Association.
But not everyone's bailing: Last week, Rhiannon Giddens said she wouldn't cancel her Greensboro and Asheville shows
as her own way to push back against HB 2. Duran Duran, for example, used its Charlotte performance into to launch a petition
against HB 2 over the weekend, and Cyndi Lauper's June 4 show
will benefit Equality NC's fight against the bill.
And remember, these cancelations don't just mean you're missing a show—it also means work lost for crew members and venue staff. Nice job creation, Mr. McCrory! You can read Pearl Jam's full statement below.
PEARL JAM STATEMENT
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,