The backlash to North Carolina’s anti-LGBT religious freedom law continues as Nickelback, One Direction, Insane Clown Posse, and several other bands not on tour say they refuse to play in the state until it repeals its controversial law.
“If we were on tour right now, we would not play in the state in solidarity with fellow bands that are touring and taking a financial hit by not playing in the state,” says Chad Kroeger, lead singer and guitarist with Nickelback, which last put out an album in 2014.
Insane Clown Posse, a rap duo that isn’t on tour, has also announced a boycott of the state. “No way are we playing in North Carolina,” says Joseph Bruce, also known as Violent J. “Should we ever get a chance to play there, count us out. We’re not coming. We know it hurts our fans, but you gotta fight the man, whether it’s the FBI or the other haters.”
The once-popular British boy band, One Direction, which lost its main singer, Zayn Malik, in 2014, says it would take North Carolina off its schedule if it had a schedule, because bigotry is wrong. “If we were working right now, we would show our support for LGBT rights by not playing in the state,” says Liam Payne. “You could ask us to play, even without Zayn, and we wouldn’t do it, although if you wanted us to play in a different state, we would do that.”
Several bands that haven’t been active for years have also announced plans not to get back together and play in the state. “No, if we got back together we would not play in North Carolina,” says Derek Whibley of My Chemical Romance. “We need to send a message to bigoted lawmakers everywhere, that we’re not playing in your state if we get back together.”
James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, the New York dance-punk group, says he wouldn’t play in North Carolina if he got his band back together. “It’s wrong to play there right now,” he says. “So, we’re telling the gay-haters there that we won’t be reuniting and we won’t be playing in your state.”
Jann Wenner, founder and editor of Rolling Stone magazine, says it’s a testament to the power of rock that even bands not touring or no longer together refuse to play in the state. “Think of the economic impact they would have if they were canceling shows,” he says. “Millions of dollars would not be coming into the state. That would hurt. That would send a message to bigots around the country: if you pass a law that tramples on people’s rights, you would be hurt financially if bands not touring or no longer active were in fact touring and active and declined to play in your state. In other words, think twice before you do something stupid, because there could be consequences if things were a little different with many bands.”
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