UPDATE: 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 Jam
Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 30 Oct 2019 10:07 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.2kShares Advertisement Jamie Carragher tells Arsenal to sell Shkodran Mustafi after Liverpool defeat Parlour believes Arsenal’s players will be ‘devastated (Picture: Getty)‘They’ll be devastated,’ Parlour said. ‘Especially the young players, it’s an opportunity to win at Anfield and they were so close.‘They looked a little bit tired towards the end, Liverpool put the pressure on a bit towards the end, but in a penalty shoot-out anything can happen.‘They were excellent penalties, even the save it was in the corner. It was an excellent game of football, the defensive coaches won’t be too happy though.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalCarragher added: ‘It was interesting the Arsenal fans’ reaction at the end, all the players came over and got a great reception. If the result had gone the other way, the Liverpool fans would have done the same.‘You couldn’t be anything but proud of the teams, the great goals, the entertainment for supporters, it was a brilliant game all round.’Will Liverpool win the Carabao Cup?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Shkodran Mustafi mocked by Arsenal hero Alan Smith after shocking own goal during Liverpool clashMORE: Arsenal boss Unai Emery explains Mesut Ozil return for Liverpool clash Mustafi scored an own goal (Picture: Getty Images)Jamie Carragher believes Arsenal should sell Shkodran Mustafi as quickly as possible and ‘the quicker he’s gone the better for everyone’.The centre-half was hopelessly at fault for Liverpool’s first goal in a dramatic 5-5 draw at Anfield, with Jurgen Klopp’s side eventually progressing to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup on penalties.Mustafi is yet to start a Premier League game for the Gunners this season, with Unai Emery only selecting the German in the Europa League and the Carabao Cup, and Carragher believes he’s done in terms of competing in England’s top flight. Advertisement Comment Carragher was unimpressed by Mustafi (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)‘I think those days are gone, Mustafi playing in the Premier League,’ Carragher told Sky Sports.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I don’t think how well he played her tonight would change that. He’s just one of those defenders who makes mistakes and it affects other people.‘When you play with someone like that it makes you nervous. Your goalkeeper, your full-backs… you can’t play your own game because you’re always worried he’s going to make a mistake and are half-covering him.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I think probably for Arsenal the quicker he’s gone the better for everyone.’There were goals from Lucas Torreira, Gabriel Martinelli and James Milner, Ainsley Maitland-Niles as well as screamers from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Willock but it was Divock Origi who was the hero for Liverpool as he bagged his second deep into injury time to force a shootout.And Ray Parlour believes Arsenal will be ‘devastated’ at failing to hold on to a 5-3 lead.
As temperatures decrease, the Badgers men’s cross country team is peaking at the right time. Coming off a record-setting 10th consecutive Big Ten Championship — the first under new head coach Mick Byrne — the team is making strides.This weekend they travel to West Lafayette, Ind., to run in the Great Lakes Regional Championships, a meet hosted at Purdue University, a place where the Badgers have won six consecutive times. To advance to the national championship, the Badgers need to finish within the top two to automatically qualify.The Badgers have numerous runners anxious to repeat their winning tradition. This past week, Byrne earned the title of Big Ten coach of the year, while sophomores Landon Peacock, Jack Bolas and senior Christian Wagner all garnered first team All-Big Ten honors. Stu Egan and Craig Miller each earned second team all-Big Ten.Peacock will undoubtedly use the momentum from the Big Ten championship to propel him in this weekend’s regional.“Coming in second at Big Ten is definitely a confidence booster,” Peacock said. “That was probably my best collegiate race so far, so when you have a race like that, you know you’re doing something right.”The depth of this team is exemplified by its last race. A model of consistency all year, senior Matt Withrow struggled at the Big Ten Championship. Filling the void was Peacock, who ran his best race of the year at 24:35, finishing second in the entire tournament.“Stuart Egan and Matt Withrow didn’t have their best days.” Byrne said. “You know the sign of a good team is when two of your top guys are off their top game, and the other guys picked up the slack.”Peacock and Wagner certainly proved they were big time performers.“They were there in the supporting role, but as it turned out, they stepped into the leading role,” Byrne said. “We need solid races from Stuart and Matt [to compete this weekend].”Not only will contributions from the entire team be essential for improving their streak of six consecutive victories, but timing will also play a vital role at the Great Lakes Regional, as only nine seconds separated Peacock from the first place finisher at the Big Ten Championships.“At the Big Ten race, I kind of put on my move a little bit too early, and [for this race] maybe I’ll hold back a little bit longer,” he said.“The overall objective for this tournament is just to go in and get one of those two spots,” Byrne said.The difference between this tournament and the rest of the regular season for the Badgers is that the Great Lakes Regional acts as a stepping stone to the NCAA Championships.“[The goal for this weekends tournament] is just to qualify and move on,” Peacock said. “The goal is just to go out and get our job done. I don’t want to put everything out there on the line because not much more than a week later, we have the national race and that’s the race that really matters.”Looming on the horizon is the NCAA Championships, a plateau the Badgers have had their eyes on for the entire season.“It’s the National Championship,” Byrne said. “We’ve got to go in there healthy; we need to go in there with our big guys firing on all cylinders, and if we do that, we’ll be going in there with five or six kids competing for that national trophy.”