GREENSBORO, N.C. (CelebrityAccess) — While other artists have pulled out of planned concerts in some states following the passage of controversial new laws such as Mississippi's “Religious Liberty” bill and the HB2 – Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act in North Carolina, Gregg Allman decided to play on.
In a statement released via his Facebook Page, Allman explained his reasoning for performing a concert at the Cone Denim Entertainment Center in Greensboro, North Carolina on Wednesday night.
For over 45 years, I’ve been fortunate to play music all around this country and the world. I’ve been honored to know and be friends with many different people from all walks of life. Although we, as a nation, have made progress in many areas, it’s sad and infuriating that some, in 2016, are still working so hard to take the rights away from our brothers and sisters, as in the cases of “bathroom laws” recently passed in North Carolina (HB2 – Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act) and Mississippi (“Religious Liberty” bill 1523), discriminating against the LGBT community.
I know that North Carolina is a state full of good folks and loyal fans, many of whom are angry about and feel misrepresented by this action. My band and I will continue to play our show as scheduled there tomorrow, April 13, and hope that our music unites people in this challenging time. We stand in solidarity with the LGBT community urging Gov. McCrory to listen to the people and reverse this wrong. – Gregg Allman