Bruce Springsteen’s image is one of being an everyday kinda guy. The ‘Everyman’ of rock and roll. And this isn’t without merit. Though he’s earned and presumably enjoyed incredible wealth for the past thirty odd years, he’s not seemed to have forgotten his roots and past. We all know how strong life’s impressions make in our early age and those impressions have been informing Springsteen’s songs since he first started releasing records in the early ‘70s.
His latest tour, 2016’s The River, has been, by most accounts, a huge success. Filling arena’s around the nation and in Europe this Summer. Playing the entirety of The River along with about ten other songs from his large back catalog.
In the past decade or so, Bruce hasn’t been afraid of voicing his political positions, both on stage and as a private citizen. He touts organizations he believes in including ones that support human rights, food banks and veteran’s associations.
The legendary musician announced Friday that his upcoming show in Greensboro, North Carolina, has been canceled in “solidarity” with those protesting the measure.
Springsteen and his E Street Band were slated to perform at the Greensboro Coliseum this Sunday. The roughly 15,000 ticketholders will all be eligible for a refund.
The newly enacted law requires individuals to use bathrooms that correspond to the gender on their birth certificate, and has drawn fierce criticism for excluding legal protections from gay and transgender people.
“To my mind, it’s 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,” Springsteen said in a statement. “Taking all of this into account, I feel that this is a time for me and the band to show solidarity for those freedom fighters. As a result, and with deepest apologies to our dedicated fans in Greensboro, we have canceled our show scheduled for Sunday, April 10th,” Springsteen said. “Some things are more important than a rock show,” he added, “and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them.”
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act late last month after the state’s General Assembly went into a special session to push through the legislation.
The measure has been met with denunciations and boycotts in the weeks that have followed. Earlier this week, PayPal nixed its plans to open a global operations center in Charlotte, a facility that was expected to employ 400 people.
BUT…but what about the fans? It would seem that the folk most affected by Springsteen’s cancellation is his loyal fans. Many of whom travel from overseas and across state lines to see him. Plane tickets were purchased, hotel rooms were reserved and car rentals were processed. What about those folk? Could Bruce have gone another route? One that would allow for maximum protest and keeping his word and bond with his Carolina fans? Let us know what you think.