April 8, 2016


Bruce Springsteen Cancels North Carolina Concert to Protest Anti-LGBTQ Law

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Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Bruce Springsteen cancelled his concert in Greensboro, N.C. scheduled for Sunday (April 10), after North Carolina passed an anti-LGTBQ law. The bill, officially titled Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, restricts transgender people from using bathrooms and lockers that doesn't match their biological sex on their birth certificate.

After learning the news, Springsteen issued a statement explaining why he decided to take a stance. "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," the rocker said. Fans will be able to receive a ticket refund for the concert.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are currently touring behindThe River. Read his full statement about the N.C. law below.

As you, my fans, know I'm scheduled to play in Greensboro, North Carolina this Sunday. As we also know, North Carolina has just passed HB2, which the media are referring to as the "bathroom" law. HB2—known officially as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act—dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use. 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.