Band originally axed gig in protest over US state legislation
Wilco have rescheduled a show in Indiana following changes to the state’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
The band were set to play in Indianapolis, Indiana on May 7 but axed the gig when the act, which effectively made it legal for business owners to use religion as a means of justifying discrimination against minorities, including those in the LGBT community, was signed into law.
However, Indiana Governor Mike Pence has since signed a change to the act that means it can no longer be used to discriminate against people based on sexual orientation or gender. Wilco subsequently confirmed that their Murat Theatre gig would go ahead as planned.
“We consider the changes to Indiana’s RFRA a good first step toward creating the sort of welcoming environment we encourage everywhere,” the band wrote on Facebook, “so we’re reinstating our May 7 show at The Murat, which we canceled earlier this week.” Proceeds from the gig will go “to organizations fighting to build on the progress we hope this change makes in Indiana and beyond.”
When the act was first announced celebrities such as Miley Cyrus and Cher made their opinions clear on social media and many other public figures used the hashtag #BoycottIndiana to show their opposition.
Wilco’s current US tour marks 20 years since the release of their debut album, ‘AM’.