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Bruce Springsteen cancels Greensboro show over HB2

Posted April 8
Updated April 9

— Bruce Springsteen announced on his website Friday he is canceling his Sunday show in Greensboro in opposition to North Carolina's recently passed discrimination law.

In the statement, Springsteen asserted that the law attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their rights are violated in the workplace.

"No other group of North Carolinians faces such a burden," the statement said. "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."

Springsteen is the first artist to cancel a show over House Bill 2, but many businesses have canceled plans in the state due to the bill.

Braeburn Pharmaceuticals said they were reconsidering plans for a $25 million expansion on March 31. PayPal canceled plans earlier this week to open an operations center in Charlotte that would have provided 400 jobs.

Springsteen said that canceling the show is a move to show solidarity with those targeted by the law.

"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," the statement said. "It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards."

Tickets will be refunded to fans through their original point of purchase.

Officials with the Greensboro Coliseum said they stand to lose about $100,000 in lost revenue because of the canceled show.

In a statement, North Carolina Republican Party executive director Dallas Woodhouse called the cancelation "bizarre."

"The Greensboro Coliseum has men's restrooms, women's restrooms and presumably family restrooms. The policy passed by the General Assembly rolled back the radical change in bathroom policy by the Charlotte City Council and maintained the status quo," Woodhouse said. "For years, young girls have safely used the restrooms at ACC Tournament games and other events at the Greensboro Coliseum, separated from grown men. The legislature and Governor secured the long standing common policy of safety and security and privacy."

State Senate Democratic Leader Dan T. Blue, Jr. said that Springsteen's announcement is the latest economic blow served to North Carolina since HB2 was passed.

"Springsteen's announcement, coupled with news of companies such as PayPal pulling out of the state, puts a quantifiable measure on the negative consequences of this bill," he said in a statement. "We're losing jobs; we're losing revenue from the loss of major events. We're moving in the wrong direction."


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  • Susan Mencer Apr 11, 8:10 a.m.
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    Who cares about Bruce Springsteen? I stand by the new law. If Springsteen had a young child he would not be all for "progress". LBGT rights? What about the rights of our young children? Give me a break. Go to the bathroom where you are supposed to go and quit your dang whining about it.

  • Tim Davis Apr 11, 7:51 a.m.
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    Reading these comments, it really sounds like these whiny liberals are more concerned about "lost revenue" than HB2 anyway. And yes...Bruce is nothing but a washed up liberal with zero talent. My collie sings better than "the boss"

  • Dorian Grayfox Apr 10, 6:53 p.m.
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    Are you an expert on Transgendered individuals now to the point that you feel capable of speaking for them? If so, you must have many trans friends. Care to enlighten us?

  • Jacob Smirnov Apr 10, 3:08 p.m.
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    1. Why is this now such an issue? Let these people do the same thing they have been doing for all these years.

    2. "it takes away ALL NC citizens rights to sue for discrimination in federal court" What???? It does no such thing. This is a state law!!!!

    3. "You blindly follow the media and ignore the facts." I agree with you on that one. The left sure does blindly follow the left wing news media.

  • Hubert Lee Dawson Apr 10, 1:45 p.m.
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    People don't understand, this law supposedly forces people who have one thing on their birth certificate but are physically a different sex and dress that sex to go into the "wrong" restroom. Plus it takes away ALL NC citizens rights to sue for discrimination in federal court. I have never seen such ignorance and head stuck in the sand as I have here in NC. You blindly follow the media and ignore the facts.

  • Jacob Smirnov Apr 10, 11:01 a.m.
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    Don't know why gays are suddenly a fan of Bruce Springsteen. All of his songs of love are between heterosexuals. Now he claims to boycott a concert in NC because of HB2!!!

    Springsteen is the ultimate hypocrite.

  • Jacob Smirnov Apr 10, 10:59 a.m.
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    Bruce Springsteen's lyrics are all about how bad and unjust America is. Ironic that his contempt of America has made him an extremely wealthy man.

  • Jacob Smirnov Apr 10, 10:37 a.m.
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    Bruce Springsteen = Washed Up Old Has Been

  • Jacob Smirnov Apr 10, 10:36 a.m.
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    Transgenders don't understand what transgender means. It's impossible for people who are so damaged that they can't grasp the meaning of what it is to be male or female.

  • Rusty Shackleford Apr 9, 11:42 p.m.
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    So Paul Costa, you really don't understand what transgender means, do you ?