Duran Duran considered cancelling its Saturday night (April 16) concert at North Carolina’s PNC Music Pavilion in protest of the state’s newly passed HB2 law, which requires transgender people only use bathrooms that correspond with their sex at birth.
However, the show did go on, and singer Simon Le Bon took to the stage in front of an American flag that shifted from rainbow colors to trans colors as he read a statement from the band.
“With respect to the current storm that is brewing through this state, we considered cancelling our show tonight, but decided to go ahead both for the sake of our fans and to support those in North Carolina who feels as strongly as we do about this issue,” he said.
In the statement, the band spoke out against “plain, old fashioned prejudice, fear and oppression” and pledged support to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.
To help with the cause, Duran Duran encouraged fans to register to vote and sign a petition that will be presented at a General Assembly meeting in North Carolina on April 25.
The band’s full statement is up on its website.
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band canceled a scheduled April 10 show in North Carolina in solidarity with people protesting the bill. Ringo Starr and Cirque du Soleil also cancel upcoming shows. Similarly, Bryan Adams pulled the plug on a show in Mississippi.
Watch the video from the show below: