RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The rock band Boston announced Monday it would not perform three concerts in North Carolina, including Raleigh, because of House Bill 2.
“While the enjoyment of our fans is our central concern, and we have been looking forward to celebrating forty years of history performing for our listeners in North Carolina with spectacular live shows this spring, human rights are more important,” band founder Tom Scholz said in a statement.
“It is with deep regret, that I must announce the cancellation of our upcoming shows on May 4, 5 & 6 in Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh in order to raise awareness, and protest in the strongest terms, the recent passage of HB2, the so called ‘North Carolina bathroom law.’”
The announcement came one day after Gov. Pat McCrory appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to address the national response to the bill.
Boston also played concerts in Charlotte and Greensboro.
“HB2 has the appearance of an oppressive discriminatory law against a small minority, who already have to deal with a narrow-minded world regarding issues beyond their control which they did nothing to bring upon themselves,” Scholz said. “Other aspects of the new law arguably encourage bigotry. With thousands of fans in attendance at our shows, it is likely that some members of our audience and/or their loved ones are affected on a daily basis by this ugly expression of intolerance.”