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Ringo Starr cancels North Carolina concert because of religious liberty law

Add Ringo Starr to the group of musicians boycotting North Carolina because of the state’s controversial HB2 law.

The Beatles drummer announced Wednesday afternoon that he was nixing his June 18 concert at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C.

"I'm sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred. Spread peace and love,” Starr said in a statement. “How sad that they feel that this group of people cannot be defended."

The musician’s statement also urged fans to support organizations that are fighting to overturn the greatly debated law “in whatever way they can.”

Starr's tour with his "All-Starr Band," including Todd Rundgren and Steve Lukather, is scheduled to launch June 3 in Syracuse, N.Y., and play across the country through July.

Last week, Bruce Springsteen canceled his concert in Greensboro, N.C., a few days before the show.

On Monday, rocker Bryan Adams – who plays Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta on Saturday – announced that he would not play his Thursday concert at Mississippi Coast Coliseum in protest of what he called that state’s recently passed “anti-LGBT ‘Religious Liberty’ bill 1523.”

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