© Chuck Duboff
Being a fan of Bruce Springsteen my whole life, I am so very proud to see him and his band stand up to the neanderthal legislation which was recently passed in North Carolina. The law which was enacted would take away basic human rights for LGBT citizens…and essentially give permission for the bigots of North Carolina to spew their venom on innocent citizens.
Many an actor, writer, athlete, musician has taken a stand for something they believe in. At the same time there have been many celebrities who have stayed on the sideline in order to protect their image and not offend anyone. (Michael Jordan is one who comes to mind.)
Bruce Sprinsteen’s music has always spoken to justice, fairness and human rights for all.
In Springsteen’s album The Ghost of Tom Joad, the title track reminds us that there are still many people living in the underbelly of society, who need somebody to fight on their behalf.
By cancelling the band’s concert in North Carolina, Bruce Springsteen is taking a stand against bigotry. He didn’t have to do this…he could have shut his eyes and earned another big pay cheque. But any true fan of Bruce Springsteen knows…that isn’t the Boss. He will stand up for what he believes in, as should each and every one of us!!
As Bruce said yesterday: “There are some things in life that are bigger than a rock concert.”
“Evil will flourish when goodness remains silent!!”
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.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s Sunday April 10th show is canceled. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.