Springsteen Cancels North Carolina Show Over New LGBT Law
He calls it a show of 'solidarity'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 8, 2016 3:20 PM CDT
In this March 15, 2016 file photo, Bruce Springsteen, center, performs with Nils Lofgren, left, and Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band during their concert in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Bruce Springsteen has canceled his concert in North Carolina, citing the state's new law blocking anti-discrimination rules covering the LGBT community, the AP reports. In a statement on his website Friday, Springsteen said he was canceling the concert scheduled for Sunday in Greensboro because of the law, which critics say discriminates against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

Springsteen says the law "is an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress." Because of that, he said he and the E Street Band must "show solidarity with those freedom fighters." People who bought tickets will get refunds.