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Pearl Jam, Boston cancel North Carolina concerts over new LGBT law

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | posted Tuesday, Apr 19th, 2016

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Eddie Vedder of the rock band Pearl Jam performs on stage during their concert as part of the tour ‘Pearl Jam 2015 Latin America Tour’ at the Julio Martinez National Stadium in Santiago de Chile, Chile, on Nov. 4, 2015. EPA/SEBASTIAN SILVA.

Two rock bands have become the latest to cancel concerts in North Carolina because of the state’s new law on LGBT rights.

In a statement issued Monday on the band’s website, Pearl Jam called the law “a despicable piece of legislation that encourages discrimination against an entire group of American citizens.”

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The statement says the band has communicated with local groups and will give them money to oppose the law.

Pearl Jam was scheduled to perform April 20 at PNC Arena in Raleigh.

Earlier Monday, the rock group Boston also announced plans to cancel concerts because of North Carolina’s new law regarding the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Guitarist Tom Scholz announced the group’s decision on itsFacebook page. Concerts were scheduled for Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh early next month.

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