AceShowbiz - Pearl Jam is the latest act to cancel their scheduled concert in North Carolina. The band announced on Monday, April 18 that they must scrap their Raleigh show in opposition to the recently passed HB2, also known as the "bathroom bill."
The rockers were set to play PNC Arena on Wednesday, April 20 as part of their North American tour. They explained their decision in a handwritten statement posted on their official website, saying that the HB2 law was "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," they continued. "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."
"In the meantime we will be watching with hope and waiting in line for a time when we can return," the band concluded in their statement. "Perhaps even celebrate."
Pearl Jam joins a handful of other artists who have canceled their show in North Carolina, including Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr and Boston. Meanwhile, Mumford & Sons, Cyndi Lauper and Laura Jane Grace kept their respective shows going and used them as platforms to raise money for groups fighting HB2.