Pearl Jam 'Take a Stand Against Prejudice' by Canceling North Carolina Concert

Eddie Vedder Pearl Jam 2016
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Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam performs to a sold out crowd on 22, 2014 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

Following the lead of Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr and other musicians, Pearl Jam have canceled their upcoming concert in Raleigh, North Carolina, in opposition to a law in the state that says transgender people may not use a bathroom based on their gender identity and also nullifies city ordinances that provide discrimination protection to LGBT people.

Pearl Jam were set to play at Raleigh's PNC Arena on Wednesday as part of their current North American tour. But according to a statement posted Monday (April 18) on, the band decided to "take a stand against prejudice" by canceling the show.

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Read the band's full statement here or in the handwritten note below.


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