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All You Need Is Love: Ringo Starr cancels Cary concert over HB2

Posted April 13

— Former Beatles’ drummer Ringo Starr announced Wednesday that he will cancel a June 18 show in Cary in opposition to House Bill 2.

Following on the heels of Bruce Springsteen, who canceled an April 10 show at the Greensboro Coliseum in opposition to the law, Starr released a statement saying he would no longer play a scheduled June 18 show at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre.

“I’m sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred. Spread peace and love,” he said.

The statement went on to state that House Bill 2, which prohibits transgender people from using public bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity, excludes gays, lesbians and transgenders from discrimination protection in employment and public accommodations and bars cities and counties from extending such protection to them, “opens the door to discrimination everywhere.”

“How sad that they feel that this group of people cannot be defended,” he said.

Starr asked that fans in North Carolina support organizations that are fighting to overturn the law.

Other artists and businesses have also been outspoken about the law. Jimmy Buffett said that he would play two April shows in Raleigh and Charlotte so as to not disappoint "loyal fans," but noted that future shows would be dependent on the total repeal of the law. Several businesses, including PayPal, have also canceled plans for expansions in the state.

According to the Koka Booth Amphitheatre, tickets purchased via box office, phone, or online will be automatically refunded to the credit card used at the time of purchase. Tickets purchased at the venue using cash must be returned for a cash refund.

Anybody with questions is asked to call 1-800-514-3849.

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  • Dan Wilder Apr 14, 2016
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    All these arguments over something as simple and non-important as a couple of concerts. It's just entertainment people...and if they are cancelled it's really not going to have an affect on anyone's life. There will be other concerts for those who care to be entertained by such things. Meanwhile the stores are still full of music CD's

  • Tee Kdawg Apr 14, 2016
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    "Women have worked too hard to not become second class citizens."

    And you are a conservative? BAH HAH HAH! Yeah, someone is confused alright, but not who think.

  • Tee Kdawg Apr 14, 2016
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    How about those repressed feelings that you "struggle" with? Any progress with those?

  • Tee Kdawg Apr 14, 2016
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    Please, no logic here! Conservatives consider facts and logic as "elitist" and not to be believed.

  • Tee Kdawg Apr 14, 2016
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    Bah hah hah. And of course, the "right" resorts to mocking and belittling.

    Yeah don't worry, you tapping away on your keyboard while eating a bear claw and wanting to force Christian Sharia Law on the rest of the country are much more on top of your game than Ringo Starr or Bruce Springsteen.

  • Cameron Horn Apr 14, 2016
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    What is the difference in Ringo and Bruce canceling there shows per how they feel vs private caterers not wanting to participate in LGBT weddings per how they feel? They got sued for damages

  • Christian Knott Apr 14, 2016
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    You are obviously a font of information! Yes he is still alive and also has made many of us quite proud of his stance against silly bigoted HB2

  • Tripp Weiland Apr 14, 2016
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    What yoU are missing is that HB-2 says that if you are refused service for being gay, bi, lesbian, or TG, YOU CANNOT SUE FOR DISCRIMINATION.
    You should read and comprehend the law so you don't make comment that are patently false.

  • Tripp Weiland Apr 14, 2016
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    Pretty sure Jimmy Buffet is still coming this year. I'd say he fits into the "old worn out has been" category you speak of.

  • Tripp Weiland Apr 14, 2016
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    Heather it is clear you do not understand the issue. Being transgender does not equate to being mentally ill. The fact that you advocate for or at very least do not condemn a transgender woman getting beaten up is very disappointing.
    Please explain how your safety is being reduced. Keep in mind, in over 200 US cities where transgender women have the right to use the restroom that corresponds to their identity, there have been exactly ZERO incidents of a TG woman assaulting other women. Not to mention the fact that assault, peeping, rape and all the things you think you are being protected from were already illegal. Furthermore, TG women have been using the same restroom as you for years and you never even knew it let alone compromised your safety.

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