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Lovato, Jonas cancel NC concerts

Posted April 25
Updated April 26

Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas to play PNC Arena July 2, 2016.

— Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas, pop singers touring together on the Future Now tour, announced on Twitter Monday afternoon that they would forgo two scheduled North Carolina appearances in protest against House Bill 2.

"One of our goals for the tour has always been to create an atmosphere where every single attendee feels equal, included and accepted for who they are," the artists wrote, tagging their post #RepealHB2.

The tour was scheduled for Charlotte June 30 and PNC Arena July 2. Ticket can be refunded at the point of purchase. Tickets purchased online or by phone through will be automatically refunded.

Lovato and Jonas join a growing list of spring and summer tours that have eliminated North Carolina stops, including those by Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam.

House Bill 2 prohibits discrimination protections from being extended to gay and transgender people and prevents transgender people from using public bathrooms that align with their gender identity.

Jonas, who rose to popularity as part of a boy band with his brothers, has dozens of relatives in the Tar Heel State. A report in the Charlotte Observer said the Jonas family could trace their North Carolina roots to the 1700s.


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  • Johnathan Gault Apr 26, 11:01 a.m.
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    So far it appears that it is all talentless hacks and has beens that have cancelled. Maybe this is way to get attention. I barely know who they are, and did not even know they were coming. That might be the true problem here. Did anyone notice that NO ONE at the Carolina Rebellion has cancelled? That is due to they have careers in music and people willing to see them. FFDP rules!!!

  • Steve Clark Apr 26, 10:14 a.m.
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    I wonder how Demi would feel if I went into her gym locker room and waited for her to strip and shower... As the Charlotte law would have allowed me to do... I suspect she might have an issue with that. I DON'T support HB2, it went too far, but it was not brought up on it's own.. .it was Purely a reaction to Charlotte (a Bad reaction, but a reaction nonetheless)

  • Bryon Atkinson Apr 26, 8:52 a.m.
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    The only ones that are cancelling are either mid to low level talent or those whose prime is well past and their star has fallen. Entertainers should stay out of politics. While I do agree there are certain parts of this law that need to be "tweaked"....I doubt these entertainers have researched the entire issue.....just hopping on a the train in hope of cheap publicity. These "celebrities" need to be brought down off their throne they have placed themselves on and learn the reality of the world.

  • Tripp Weiland Apr 26, 8:35 a.m.
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    Protesting is not discrimination.

  • Tripp Weiland Apr 26, 8:34 a.m.
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    It not really that tough of a concept to grasp. It seems like you fail to grasp that these "liberal" entertainers are living by their principles. They are sacrificing financially and their potential to attract new fans. Only difference is their principles tell them that contributing to the economy of a state that legislate discrimination is wrong. While the principles you are referring to are the ones that accept and embrace discrimination and bigotry.

  • Ron Coleman Apr 26, 7:24 a.m.
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    The thing is the State of North Carolina does just fine in the time before and after these so called entertainers perform here. What I am saying is we made it through yesterday and we will make it through tomorrow without them. Demi Lovato doesn't have any talent anyway that is why she has to tour with others because she wouldn't have very large crowd on her own. It just shows how selfish these people are because are only punishing their fan base.

  • Mark Cline Apr 26, 12:02 a.m.
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    Oh! The hypocrisy of it all! The non-discriminators are discriminating against the discriminators. Ya need a program, a compass, and a GPS to keep track of who's discriminating against whom!

  • John Lobenstein Apr 25, 9:47 p.m.
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    Just think of the long term benefit(s). No large carbon footprint.

  • Lynn Barbee Apr 25, 8:55 p.m.
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    Interesting math.

  • Mary Meadows Apr 25, 8:34 p.m.
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    At least they had the decency to cancel well in advance, unlike Pearl Jam, who truly abused their fans with their pis_ poor last minute cancellation that could have been avoided.