'Some things are more important than a rock show' - Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen – who is currently touring in support of the 2015 reissue of his classic album ‘The River’ – has cancelled a planned show in Greensboro, North Carolina this Sunday (April 10), citing the “bigotry” of the state’s new anti-LGBTQ laws.
North Carolina’s new laws require individuals to use bathrooms corresponding to their biological sex. They also impact on local government’s ability to pass anti-discrimination laws.
Springsteen posted a statement to his website confirming the cancellation today (April 8), slamming North Carolina’s approach to human rights.
The statement reads:
“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,” he continues. “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.”
It concludes: “Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s Sunday April 10th show is canceled. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.”
Springsteen’s autobiography is due in September this year, and will be titled ‘Born To Run’.
A press statement regarding the memoir reads: “In Born To Run, Springsteen describes growing up in Freehold, New Jersey amid the ‘poetry, danger, and darkness’ that fuelled his imagination. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work, and shows us why the song ‘Born To Run’ reveals more than we previously realised.”
Springsteen is touring the UK in May and June, with a series of stadium dates. He’ll play:
Manchester, Etihad (May 25)
Glasgow, Hampden Park (June 1)
Coventry, Ricoh Arena (June 3)
London, Wembley Stadium (June 5)