QUEBEC — You gotta love Bruce Springsteen. He’s a man of principle, a fact reflected in so much of his music over the years.
But even if you’re not a fan of his music, you gotta love him for what he did today: He cancelled his concert in Greensboro, North Carolina, this weekend because of the passage last week of an anti-LGBT bill there. He can’t in good conscience perform there now, and he wants to show solidarity with the “freedom fighters” there.
” I feel that this is a time for me and the band to show solidarity for those freedom fighters,” he wrote in a Facebook post explaining his decision to cancel the show. “Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.”
Gawd, I love him for this . . .
I can’t think of another major performer like Bruce who has cancelled a show in the United States under such circumstances. But I’m betting many more performers will be inspired by what he is doing, and will do the same in not just North Carolina, but any state that seeks to oppress LGBT people with odious legislation.
We love you, Bruce. You rock!