Pearl Jam, Boston cancel North Carolina shows over LGBT law

Last week, Cyndi Lauper announced she would donate proceeds from her June 4 concer t in Raleigh to Equality North Carolina’s efforts to repeal the controversial LGBT law, House Bill 2.

At their show in Charlotte on Saturday, Duran Duran signed a petition calling for the repeal of HB2 and encouraged fans to do the same.

But some artists are sticking with a flat-out cancellation.

Pearl Jam announced Monday it would not play its scheduled April 20 concert at PNC Arena in Raleigh. The band posted a message on its website that reads, in part:

Pearl Jam’s message also indicated that it will work with local groups and provide them with funds “to help facilitate progress on this issue.”

The alt-rock band joins Bruce Springsteen , Ringo Starr Cirque du Soleil and classic rockers Boston -- who had a trio of shows scheduled in North Carolina next month -- on the list of entertainers who have nixed performances in the state since the March passage of what has become known as the “bathroom law.”

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Melissa Ruggieri
Melissa Ruggieri
Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the AJC. She remembers when MTV was awesome.