Pearl Jam Cancels Wednesday Night's Concert in Raleigh April 18, 2016 18:35
Rock band Pearl Jam has officially canceled their upcoming concert at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC on Wednesday night. The iconic rock band has decided to join a growing list of musicians in protest of the controversial HB2 - Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, also known as the "bathroom law". Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr recently pulled out of scheduled dates in North Carolina, while Gregg Allman recently issued a statement explaining his decision to play his previously scheduled show in Greensboro. Pearl Jam will perform at Hampton Coliseum (Hampton, VA) tonight and Colonial Life Arena (Columbia, SC) on Thursday night.
Pearl Jam's official statement regarding the cancellation of Wednesday's show:
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,