Pearl Jam and Boston are the latest musicians to cancel their North Carolina shows over the state’s HB2 law.
Pearl Jam was scheduled to perform in Raleigh on April 20. In a statement posted on the band’s website Pearl Jam called the law “a despicable piece of legislation that encourages discrimination against an entire group of American citizens” and announced the cancellation of their show.
Pearl Jam continued in the statement that they plan to donate money to local organizations who oppose the law.
“In the meantime we will be watching with hope and waiting in line for a time when we can return. Perhaps even celebrate,” the statement reads.
On Monday, Boston guitarist Tom Scholz announced on the band’s Facebook page they will no longer be playing in Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh in early May because of the law.
“With thousands of fans in attendance at our shows, it is likely that some members of our audience and/or their loved ones are affected on a daily basis by this ugly expression of intolerance,” Scholz’s post reads.
“We look forward to the day that the state government of North Carolina will come to its senses and treat ALL individuals with equal freedom in their pursuit of happiness here in the United States,” Scholz concluded.