At the last minute, Bruce Springsteen pulled out of a concert he had scheduled in North Carolina. Approximately 15,000 fans were supposed to see Springsteen this Sunday, April 10th at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Springsteen cancelled the show to express his solidarity for the LGBT community, which is being unfairly treated in North Carolina due to the new discriminatory law that passed.
Springsteen clarified his position: “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.”
“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. As a result, and with deepest apologies to our dedicated fans in Greensboro, we have canceled our show scheduled for Sunday, April 10th,” Springsteen added.
“Some things are more important than a rock show,” he believes, “and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them.”
Upon hearing of the cancellation, people, including Ellen DeGeneres, have posted messages of support.
Coming to NC in the coming months are Dolly Parton and Justin Beiber, both of whom are scheduled to perform at the Greensboro Coliseum. A spokesperson for the venue said that no one else is pulling out at this time. “Obviously we’re concerned, but this is the first cancellation we’ve had.”