Grammy Award-winning rocker Bryan Adams has canceled his Thursday concert in Biloxi, Mississippi, citing the passage of a state law that, among other provisions allows, wedding-service providers to refuse service to gay and transgendered people, and restricts transgendered people to restrooms of their birth sex.
“Mississippi has passed anti-LGBT ‘Religious Liberty’ bill 1523,” Adams, 56, wrote on his website. “I find it incomprehensible that LGBT citizens are being discriminated against in the state of Mississippi. I cannot in good conscience perform in a State where certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation. Therefore I’m cancelling my 14 April show at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Using my voice I stand in solidarity with all my LGBT friends to repeal this extremely discriminatory bill. Hopefully Mississippi will right itself and I can come back and perform for all of my many fans. I look forward to that day.”
“Right on Bryan Adams!” tweeted Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band guitarist Steve Van Zandt on Monday. “Canceling the gig in Mississippi. The other front in the war against discrimination.” Springsteen on Friday similarly said he was canceling a show in Greensboro, North Carolina, because of that state’s new law barring communities from passing anti-discrimination laws to protect LGBT people.
The six-day Crawfish Music Festival, featuring country singer Travis Tritt and others, remains in place for the Mississippi Coast Coliseum from April 15-24. Following this, the only currently scheduled rock concert stars Disturbed and Rob Zombie on May 3.
Also on Monday, best-selling author John Grisham and 94 other Mississippi writers signed a letter calling for repeal of the law, saying they “stand opposed to any violation of civil rights, including discrimination against LGBTQ citizens.”
The law goes into effect July 1.