Peter Frampton Defends His Decision to Play in States With 'Absurd' Anti-LGBT Laws
But he won't schedule new shows in the states: "We will not play again until these laws are changed."
Peter Frampton by no means supports the controversial anti-LGBT laws that have been passed in Mississippi and North Carolina. However, the British rocker has chosen to move forward with his scheduled concerts in the two states, citing a need to honor his commitment to fans who have already purchased tickets.
"Performing live has been one of the most important opportunities I've been given and I am lucky to share my music with so many of my amazing, loyal and diverse fans," Frampton told Rolling Stone. "My band and I will uphold our commitment to play our scheduled shows there this summer and honor fans who have already purchased tickets and/or made travel plans."
Frampton joins several other artists, including Cyndi Lauper, Gregg Allman and Jimmy Buffett, who have also chosen not to cancel their concerts, but are speaking out about the controversial laws. "In light of recent legislation in North Carolina and Mississippi, I stand aside my fellow musicians... to help overturn these absurd new laws," Frampton said.
Though the "Show Me the Way" singer will follow through with his scheduled concerts, he has no intention of playing in Mississippi or North Carolina again until both states reconsider their laws. "We will not play again until these laws are changed," Frampton told Rolling Stone. The artist added: "I will be making a donation in support of the rights and protections of the LGBTQ community."
North Carolina recently passed House Bill 2, which restricts transgender individuals from using the bathroom of the gender they identify with. Mississippi passed a similarly controversial law that allows businesses to deny service to customers or fire someone based on religious preferences.
Protests of anti-LGBT laws first gained momentum among artists when Bruce Springsteen chose to cancel his concert in North Carolina, calling the state's legislation "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."