Just three days after Bruce Springsteen cancelled a concert in Greensboro over an anti-LGBT law, Canadian singer Bryan Adams has cancelled a planned show in Mississippi over a similar statue. Adams released a statement Sunday explaining that he was cancelling his April 14 concert at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi in protest of a law that restricts where a transgender person’s can use the bathroom and allows for some businesses to discriminate against gay individuals.
His statement at bryanadams.com reads
Mississippi has passed anti-LGBT ‘Religious Liberty’ bill 1523. 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.
We reached out to Mississippi Coast Coliseum GM Matt McDonnell for comment and he told us “The facility is a 39-year-old arena and we’ve had just about every major entertainer you can dream of over those years. From country, to rock and roll, R&B and blues, we’ve done it all. We have never discriminated against anyone. We will never discriminate against anyone. We welcome everyone to come to all of the events we hold at our facility year after year.”
Meanwhile San Francisco-based ticketing company Vendini said they were cancelling plans to hold their annual user conference in North Carolina, and were relocating the event to San Francisco.
He went on to explain “We’re currently in the midst of planning our fourth annual Vendini Member Conference, and had set the venue for Charlotte, North Carolina. Our previously selected venue in Charlotte, Central Piedmont Community College, has been incredibly hospitable and understanding of this situation. The city itself has been an advocate for LGBT rights over the years. Despite this, we are no longer comfortable hosting the conference in the state of North Carolina.”
The company is “in the process of finalizing a new host city,” he explained. “We will announce the new location and open registration in the coming weeks.