Pearl Jam Cancel North Carolina Concert Over Anti LGBT Bill


Pearl Jam canceled a planned concert in North Carolina to protest the state’s recent passage of the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, also known as the LGBT “bathroom” law.

In a statement on the band’s website, Pearl Jam stated:

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

HB2, signed into law late last month, makes it illegal for transgender men who identify as women to use women’s restrooms in North Carolina. Pearl Jam now joins fellow rockers Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams as more and more musicians and entertainers are boycotting performances in North Carolina.

  • nomad

    I wonder why they gave so little notice for the cancellation. Too bad they couldn’t find a way to protest this stupid law without hurting their fans.

    • BringBackDumbAbbruzzese

      Eddie loves Springsteen he’ll do whatever Bruce does within reason I suppose.

  • TonyClifton

    If Pearl Jam want to make a stand in this way that is their right, but people make many plans and it’s more than the cost of the tickets to the show that Im not sure they have calculated in. This isn’t today or even yesterday news. So do it and make a stand when it occurrs, to not only show the definitive protest of such absurd legislation, but it’s also to give ample time to cancel any additional accommodations.

    I personally think playing the show and donating all proceeds to the causes fighting against this injustice would have been more helpful. Making the set list custom for the issue at hand would have made a stronger impact. A lot of fans who despise this legislation are being punished for something outside their control, that they agree is bullshit.

    • Katie

      “This isn’t today or even yesterday news. So do it and make a stand when it occurs…”

      HB2 passed on March 23, 2016. Pearl Jam made the above announcement on or about April 18, 2016 – ~26 days later. I think they tried to act in a timely manner. Maybe if
      they did not have to haggle with managers and booking agents regarding cancelling tonight’s show the announcement would have come much sooner? Just a thought…

  • Billy

    i’m not against this, i’m happy they did it.

    I hope more and more bands do this. It’s time for ppl to realize it is 2016 and these old ways of thinking are just so obsolete and repressive.

    • nomad

      I just think they should have given their fans more than 48 hours notice. HB2 was signed into law on March 23, so PJ had lots of time to cancel the show in protest.

      • Billy

        ya it sucks on short notice but its for the right reason.

        • chicago_animal

          Dude, if you had tix for this concert you would not feel the same. They are punishing their fans here.

          • Billy

            Punishing fans? This is the type of shit that should make u proud to call yourself a fan. Oh no, the unfair treatment of other people’s rights prevented me from seeing PJ when they were touring for the sake of touring. They aren’t even promoting an album right now.

            This is about more than a music concert, this about the treatment of other human beings. People that would be mad at this really need to step back and say “hey i can go without entertainment for one night in support of other human beings”.

            Do ppl forget when PJ went to court against ticketmaster? Sticking up for consumer rights was ok, but god forbid you cancel a concert sticking up for those same consumers human rights?

            This is big picture stuff, not “i’m gonna pout because i’m a spoiled north american stuff”. If you can see the big picture and are truly a fan of what this band has stood for over the last 26 years, then you shouldn’t be upset, you should be proud that this band has fought for social justice publicly and with actions and didn’t sell out or stop caring.

          • Katie

            I empathize and understand all of PJ fan’s sadness & disappointment, truly
            I do. Money for tickets, time off from work, lodging is expensive. Making a
            non-refundable hotel reservation online hurts more. I’ve been there. It sucks. But try to be proud of the Guys for standing up for ALL of their fans. Peace

  • Felonious Punk

    I wonder how Jimmy Intense feels about his favourite band being against something he strongly supports (homophobia)…?

  • cmlukey

    Bye-Bye, PJ. I am boycotting you, forever.
    These buffoons probably did not even read the law and have no concept of how gender-neutral facilities have endangered women and children.

    • BringBackDumbAbbruzzese

      Funny because they played North Carolina with Helms in 96′ and protested Helms. But I think this case it was a case of following in the steps and pressure from Springsteen since he’s Eddie V’s current hero behind Townsend, who is innocent to this very day. Maybe there can be a makeup date later on with Springsteen/Cirque De Soleil/Pear Jam. Yah! PEARl jAm.

  • Katie

    Ok, so I have to say something here. If it’s too long, don’t read it.
    I’m not going to call out anyone and I do NOT want to start up a fight. But clearly, there are some here who do not know what HB2 states. So let me explain…
    Basically, it states that when you use a public restroom, you MUST go into the restroom that matches the sex stated on your birth certificate. So, a Trans Woman must use the men’s room unless they have had a complete gender reassignment and changed their birth certificate. And a Trans Man (again – if no gender reassignment surgery/change to the birth certificate) must use the women’s rest room. Prior to the legislation a Trans Woman could go to the ladies room undisturbed and without breaking the law.
    It does NOT mean that *without* HB2 there will be no other option besides *Unigendered* restrooms in public places. The cost of that transition alone would be exorbitant, impossible. The legislation was passed to prevent Trans people from using the restroom of the gender they identify with. But there are many insidious undertones to this sweeping legislation. Because NC is an *at-will* employment state, this bill possibly in the future might be the cornerstone of a basis for companies being able to fire an employee for being gay. Welcome to the Dark Ages folks…
    I have Trans friends who moved to Asheville from Virginia Beach, VA specifically due to the lack of restaurant establishments that have single-door-single-stall dual gender restrooms. Their issue was as a Trans Woman using the men’s restroom they were often threatened with physical violence by meathead homophobic prick men with nothing better to do than terrorize a fellow human being.
    And the whole idea of this law preventing women or small children being victimized is absurd. Pedophiles are usually straight men who suffered sexual abuse as children themselves. Trans people identify with the opposite gender, or sometimes both genders.
    But here’s something to chew on. Because of this idiotic legislation, NOW – a single mother in a restaurant in NC with a 5 year old SON will no longer be able to take her male child into the women’s restroom. Yep, that’s right. It’s ILLEGAL because the male child will have to use the men’s room due to the law. So the single mother now has to lead her small male child and release him unsupervised to use the MENS ROOM. Is anyone thinking about the probability of a straight Cisgender pedophile lurking for a small male child in the men’s room?
    I live in Asheville. I’m mortified to say I live in a state which would pass such legislation. But I
    can tell you this… Money talks people. There has been a massive wave of all types of performers, conventions, and planned tourism junkets cancelling & pulling out of NC due to HB2. It’s hitting our Idiot Governor hard where he lives. Money. Lost tourism revenue.
    I can understand exactly why Pearl Jam pulled out. Perhaps Eddie gets a bit passionate about his political beliefs, but better they have strong convictions and stand by what they believe in.
    I for one applaud them. Sorry this post is so long. I just had to say what was on
    my mind. People fear what they don’t understand. Read that again.


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  • JWalt

    The real people who lose are ones who’ve bought plane tickets and other travel expenses to see them because they aren’t playing everywhere. Way to go PJ.

  • Backdoorman

    I mean … it is a law that ultimately what it does is that women urinate in bathrooms for men and these in the toilet of women … so that lawmakers funny¡¡¡