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Bryan Adams cancels show in Biloxi over new Mississippi law

Bryan Adams says the cancellation is to "stand

Bryan Adams says the cancellation is to "stand in solidarity with all my LGBT friends." Credit: Getty Images / Quinn Rooney

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.

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