Pearl Jam cancels NC concert due to anti-LGBT law

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 6:04 AM

Pearl Jam, one of the biggest bands in music, has canceled a concert in NC due to the state'south anti-LGBT law.

Pearl Jam cancels NC concert due to anti-LGBT law

Pearl Jam, one of the biggest bands in music, has canceled a concert in NC due to the state'south anti-LGBT law.

They were joined Monday by the rock band Boston as the list of musicians and companies pulling their performances and business from the state grows in protest of the law.

Pearl Jam announced that it'd cancel its upcoming indicate in Raleigh, N Carolina, on April twenty.

"This will be upsetting to those who have tickets and you can be assured that we're equally frustrated by the situation," a statement read on the band'south website. "The HB2 law that was recently passed is a despicable piece of legislation."

HB2, which passed in March, prevents cities from creating non-discrimination policies based on gender identity and mandates that students in state schools utilize the bathroom that corresponds with the gender on their birth certificate.

"We wish America to be a space where number one can be turned far from a business because of who they like or fired from their work for who they are," the band'south statement said.

Pearl Jam, which is led by lead singer Eddie Vedder, added that it'll allow funds to local groups who are opposed to HB2 to "assistance alleviate progress on the issue."

"In the meantime we'll be watching with hope and waiting in line for a time when we can return," the band said. "Maybe even celebrate."

Pearl Jam is the biggest music grouping to draw out of the state since Bruce Springsteen and the east Str Band canceled its concert in the state over the law a few weeks ago.

Boston was scheduled to play in Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh on May four, five and six. Those dates are all presently canceled.

On his web site, Boston founder Tom Scholz said the band was refusing to play "in order to lift awareness, and protest in the strongest terms, the recent passage of HB2."

Related: Cyndi Lauper to use NC concert to lift money for LGBT group

While expressing his "sincere apologies" to fans who already bought tickets, he said "it's likely that some members of our audience and/or their loved ones are affected on a daily basis by this unpleasant expression of intolerance."

Both bands said tickets will be refunded.

Besides Springsteen, Ring Starr and Cirque du Soleil have canceled shows in N Carolina.

But Jimmy Buffett said on April twelve that he'd go ahead with his NC shows on April twenty-one and twenty-three.

Whether he ever schedules another indicate in NC "would definitely depend on whether that dumb law is repealed," said Buffett.

Cyndi Lauper said that she'll do her indicate in Raleigh on June four, but would donate the proceeds to an LGBT rights group.

Related: NBA keeps two thousand seventeen All-Star Game in NC despite 'anti-LGBT' law

The NBA is still planning to keep its two thousand seventeen All-Star Game in Charlotte. Commissioner Adam Silver said the NBA would've more leverage to modify the law by keeping the game in the city and pressuring lawmakers.

More than one hundred twenty companies have denounced the law, including PayPal (PYPL, Tech30)and Deutsche Bank (DB), which canceled plans to widen in N Carolina, costing the state six hundred fifty jobs.

Bryan Adams canceled a indicate in MS to protest a similar law there.

-- Aaron Smith, Tom Kludt, Robert McLean, Ahiza Garcia and David Goldman of CNNMoney assisted with this story.

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