Bruce Springsteen Cancels North Carolina Concert: “Some Things Are More Important Than A Rock Show”

"It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards."

North Carolinians are continuing to pay the price for the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, the new anti-LGBT law signed by Governor Pat McCrory last month. The latest personality to speak out against the measure is none other than Bruce Springsteen, who has canceled his April 10 concert in the Tar Heel State over the law.

Springsteen, currently touring with the E Street Band, posted a notice of the cancelation on his website along with a statement:

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.

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.

That’s why they call him the Boss, folks.

h/t: Vulture

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.