Boston’s Tom Scholz and Gary Pihl (Credit: Kamal Asar)Boston is among the music latest acts to cancel concerts in response to North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” legislation, which critics believe is anti-LGBT.

The veteran rock band announced its decision via a statement posted on its official website. “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,’ writes Boston founder and lead guitarist Tom Scholz. He goes on to call it an “oppressive discriminatory law against a small minority,” adding, “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.”

Scholz finishes, “My sincere apologies to our fans who have already made arrangements to attend these shows…We look forward to the day that the state government of North Carolina will come to its senses and treat ALL individuals with equal freedom in their pursuit of happiness here in the United States.”

The new-classic rock band Pearl Jam also canceled a concert in North Carolina this week, a show in Raleigh that had been scheduled for Wednesday. A statement posted on the band’s website Monday reads, “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.”

Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr previously canceled North Carolina dates in protest of House Bill 2, or the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, which mandates that people must use public bathrooms that match the sex that’s indicated on their birth certificates.

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