Pearl Jam, Boston Offset N.C. Concerts Over Anti-LGBT Legislation

Pearl Jam is adding their name to a list of celebrities, including The Boss, that continue to demonstrate support for communities in countries enacting legislation that is discriminatory.

The stone band announced late Monday they’ll be canceling their Wednesday series in Raleigh, N.C. due to   the state’s new “toilet bill,’ widely perceived as discriminatory against gays and transgender people.

In a  declaration, Pearl Jam called the legislation “a despicable piece of legislation which encourages discrimination against an entire group of American citizens. . .We want America to be a place where no one could be turned away from a business for those who they love or fired from their job for who they are.”

The rock group Boston announced they’re canceling three upcoming shows in the nation Monday.

North Carolina recently enacted a law that bars counties and cities from protecting gays and forces transgender people, including children in public schools, to use public bathrooms to the gender. The law prevents LGBT individuals to sue human rights violations in the workplace over.

The bill, wrote,  wrote Boston guitarist Tom Scholz about the band’s Facebook page, “has the look of an oppressive discriminatory law against a small minority, who have to take care of a narrow-minded world regarding issues beyond their hands that they did nothing to bring upon themselves. Other aspects of the new law arguably encourage bigotry.”

Boston was set to play with May 4, 5 and 6 in Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh.   Scholz apologized to the group’s fans who purchased tickets, adding that “hopefully the sacrifices we are all producing here will inspire individuals to do the perfect thing later on.”

Boston and Pearl Jam combine an increasing number of actors canceling shows over discriminatory state legislation.

Springsteen and the E Street Band canceled his April 10 concert in Greensboro, N.C.
Ringo Starr canceled a June 18 concert at Cary, N.C., in protest of the nation’s new “toilet bill,’ too.
Adams canceled his April 14 concert at Biloxi over  Mississippi’s recently enacted law which allows some companies and religious groups to refuse support to couples on spiritual grounds.
Cirque du Soleil  canceled two of  its own touring shows ceases in North Carolina: Ovo  in Greensboro on April 20-24 and at Charlotte on July 6-10, and   TORUK – Avatar  at Raleigh on June 22-26.