Pearl Jam Cancels North Carolina Concert Amid LGBTQ Law Controversy

first_imgUPDATE: Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder spoke about the cancellation at last night’s performance in the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA. He said “We thought we could take the money and give it to them and still play the show, but the reality is there is nothing like the immense power of boycotting and putting a strain and it’s a shame because people are going to affected that don’t deserve it but it could be the way that ultimately is gonna affect change, so again, we just couldn’t find it in ourselves in good conscience to cross a picket line when there was a movement.”Watch the video here:After Bruce Springsteen cancelled his performance in North Carolina two weeks ago, artists everywhere are being forced to reconsider their performances in the state. North Carolina recently passed a law called HB2, which has been reviled as a discriminatory legislation against the LGBTQ community. With other artists taking a stand, including Mumford & Sons donating their proceeds to a local organization, the latest to speak out is Pearl Jam.The band has been rocking out on their 25th anniversary tour, which recently included a full performance of the Vs. album. With a show scheduled at the PNC Arena on April 20th, the band has officially taken a strong stance against the HB2 law by cancelling their show. In a lengthy public statement, Pearl jam calls the law “despicable,” and will be donating money to local groups to help combat the state’s oppression.Read the full statement below:PEARL JAM STATEMENTIt is with deep consideration and much regret that we must cancel the Raleigh show in North Carolina on April 20th.This will be upsetting to those who have tickets and you can be assured that we are equally frustrated by the situation.The HB2 law that was recently passed is a despicable piece of legislation that encourages discrimination against an entire group of American citizens. The practical implications are expansive and its negative impact upon basic human rights is profound. We want America to be a place where no one can be turned away from a business because of who they love or fired from their job for who they are.It is for this reason that we must take a stand against prejudice, along with other artists and businesses, and join those in North Carolina who are working to oppose HB2 and repair what is currently unacceptable.We have communicated with local groups and will be providing them with funds to help facilitate progress on this issue.In the meantime we will be watching with hope and waiting in line for a time when we can return.Perhaps even celebrate.With immense gratitude for your understanding,Pearl Jamlast_img read more

Guitarist J. Geils Passes Away At 71 In Massachusetts Home

first_imgGuitarist John Warren Geils Jr., better known as J. Geils of the rock band The J. Geils Band, was found dead in his Massachusetts home at the age of 71. The J. Geils Band was formed in the late 1960’s, becoming first popular with their R&B and Blues-infused sound. During the span of their career, the band led by Geils ended up touring with acts such as the The Eagles, Billy Joel, ZZ Top, and U2. Geils is best known for the songs “Centerfold,” which seized the number 1 spot Billboard chart spot in 1981, as well as “Freeze Frame,” which made it to number 4 in 1982.Rest in peace, Mr. Geils.“Centerfold”[Photo: Carl Lender via Wikipedia; H/T WCVB 5]last_img read more