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STYX to donate ticket proceeds, hold raffle for local LGBT groups

Posted May 11, 2016

House Bill 2

— Rock group STYX and former Eagles member Don Felder will donate proceeds and auction off a guitar to benefit local LGBT charities when they play a show in Cary next week.

In a joint press release from STYX and Felder, they said they chose not to cancel their May 18 concert at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in protest of House Bill 2, but will instead donate proceeds to local charities.

Other artists, including Ringo Starr, Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam previously canceled shows in the state while artists including Cyndi Lauper held shows and donated their proceeds to LGBT causes.

A representative for STYX said that while the band, whose bassist Chuck Panozzo has been openly gay since the late 90s, condemns House Bill 2, they did not want to disappoint their fans.

“Ever since original bass player Chuck Panozzo let the world know that he was gay at the turn of the century, we’ve been incredibly enlightened in regard to LGBT social issues,” said STYX member James “JY” Young. “STYX’s music has always been inclusive for everyone and this is just us doing our small part to continue to be a band that excludes no one from our fan base or our concerts.”

At the show, a raffle will be held by Rock to the Rescue- a charity founded by the band in 2001- for a fan to have a chance to win a guitar signed by Felder and the members of STYX. Funds raised by the raffle and ticket sales will be donated to local charities, including Equality NC and the LGBT Center of Raleigh.

“Our nation was founded on liberty and justice for all and should remain the core essence of freedom for all people,” said Felder. “I look forward to seeing fans from all walks of life, race, religion and sexual orientation in North Carolina. I am proud that we were able to do our part to contribute to organizations fighting for equality.”

Tickets for the show are still available online.

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  • Fanny Chmelar May 12, 2016
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    I'm grateful for the bands that have taken a stance, either by boycotting or using their event to raise awareness. This isn't quietly going anywhere, and the hoopla around "predators" isn't panning out.

    No one likes bigots.
    No one likes lairs and their fear-mongering.
    No one likes big government taking away local rights.

    Well, some people do, unfortunately. But we get to vote them out in November!