CHARLOTTE: Sold-Out Audience Roars In Approval As Duran Duran Slams Anti-LGBT Laws [VIDEO]

Fulfilling their promise, last night Duran Duran interrupted their sold-out concert at Charlotte’s PNC Pavilion to denounce North Carolina’s HB2.

Standing before a giant electronic rainbow flag, lead singer Simon Le Bon drew roars from the audience when he expressed support for LGBT rights and then boos when he mentioned that HB2 makes it legal to fire someone for being gay.

Le Bon: “That’s like saying you can’t come to our concert tonight cuz you have red hair. It’s outrageous.”

Le Bon then introduced Equality North Carolina’s Matt Hirschy, who presented a petition to repeal HB2 to the band members, all of whom signed it.

  • Lazycrockett


  • Mark

    I’m sure their nice gesture will persuade Gov. Pat McCrory to begin an immediate and urgent effort to repeal HB2. Not.

    • Mike in Houston

      He’s waiting for an invitation to the Human Relations Council gala.

      • D. J.

        McShirforbrains should have been in hospital by now getting treated for vertigo. He has spun this so many ways he should be dizzy and puking.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      They’re just singers in a rock and roll band.

      • AJ Drew

        and yet, they bothered at all to address the issue at hand.

  • Jude Newton

    I wonder how many of those people didn’t vote in the last gubernatorial election but will this time?

    • Lazycrockett

      Why would they, they got their night of entertainment.

    • JustSayin’

      Jude, in my estimation and experience maybe twenty people at most will find this a motivating factor come november. Unless serious economic harm occurs and protest groups keep the fires burning, a new headline will replace this in a week.

      Hopefully i am wrong but history agrees with me.

      • Carolmblanchard4

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    • Chris Baker

      Hopefully, with the crazy Presidential election, a lot will. But I doubt it. Probably a lot will say “I wanted Sanders, so fuck it all” and stay home.

      • Ninja0980

        Yup, and it will serve the rest of the folks who dared to vote otherwise right.
        Because making others suffer is a surefire way to gain respect for your cause.

    • johncAtl

      Hard to say in Charlotte. But in the Raleigh-Durham area there are three major universities that help make that area very blue*. I think they will make a big impact in helping to oust MCrory.

      * I say help because that part of NC is also where most of the large companies that are publicly opposing HB2 have major operations.

      • AJ Drew

        It is interesting that in the NC Dem primaries, ALL of the western counties (very poor, overall,) voted for Sanders.

    • JT

      Very likely a majority did not vote. Let’s hope more than that do vote in the next election.

    • Dramphooey

      I wonder how many will cheer pro LBGT messages, boo the acts of bigots and still not vote.

  • Homo Erectus

    Young people realizing that they will have to live with the consequences of every election for a long time – whether they vote or not.

    • AJ Drew

      “Young” people will vote, and if you dare have a conversation with a “younger” person, you might have an impact.

    • clay

      I doubt there were many “young” people at a Duran Duran concert.

  • TMA

    Still gonna be totally irrelevant in the grand scheme of history. Nice try.

  • bkmn

    Equality NC would be wise to distribute voter registration documents at the next concert.

    • SoCalGal20

      According to the band’s statement that Joe posted the other day, there were supposed to be voter registration tables set up. Hopefully they got a lot of traffic.

  • SoCalGal20

    A nice gesture.

    • Randy503

      Very smart. Let’s vote the out of office! The vote is the ONLY thing these politicians will fear.

      • SoCalGal20

        You were too quick! I edited my comment since it was supposed to be a reply to bkmn down below. Oops!

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Yeah, but Gov. McFuckface vows to continue to discriminate no matter how many billions and how many 1,000s of jobs he destroys in doing so.

    • Bruno

      Then the citizens of NC will just have to vote him and his Rethuglican legislature cronies out this November…

      • johncAtl

        Hopefully that will be the primary thing that passage of this bill achieves.

        • Reality.Bites

          And if it doesn’t, then NC deserves what it gets. Let’s not pretend this is a rogue government doing something the people don’t want.

          • johncAtl

            I may be wrong (I often am and readily admit when I am), but I think you’re in Canada. So I think things are very different in U.S. states when it comes to legislatures. Feel free to slap me if I’m wrong.

            NC is very similar to GA. In GA the majority (2/3) of the state’s population lives in the metro Atlanta area. In NC the majority lives in Charlotte and the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area, both of which are very blue. But in both states, because of the way state legislative boundaries are drawn, conservatives have more votes in the legislature than they should have based on population. The good news is that both states are projected to flip to blue based on the increase in Hispanic population. Those conservative business owners that liked having a cheap workforce better be preparing for a swift kick in the ass.

          • AJ Drew

            You are not wrong… NC is a “purple” state by the numbers, yet come voting time ends up with GOP legislators, yet NC had one of the first Dem female state Gov. (who failed her positions and didn’t fight… for whatever reasons… and thus NC ended up with the current obnoxious McCrory.)

    • Blackfork

      No, Gov. McRoaring Asshole will never give in. The legislature will have to take the hit and repeal, or be voted out and the new Dem majority — which probably won’t happen — will have to repeal it.

  • As employers and companies leave NC…maybe Mr. Pat McCrory who said that the GLBTQ agenda is more powerful than the NRA, can go home and hug his gun. Idiot!

    • Todd20036

      Maybe he should kiss the end of it while he is hugging it

      • Reality.Bites

        Give it a nice hummer till it ejaculates.

  • DaddyRay

    I appreciate the effort, I really do. Young minds formulate much of their opinions and attitudes from their peers. To be at a concert where a band you enjoy enough to buy tickets to see in concert and everyone around you is supporting equality has an impact.

    • Lazycrockett

      I highly doubt a lot of young minds went to a Duran Duran concert.

      • DaddyRay

        Well you have a point there – I am old enough that I don’t go to concerts any more

      • Bruno

        What? Wasn’t “The Reflex” just #1 last year?

    • Baby Dave

      Young minds aren’t going to see a band whose heyday was in 1983.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Any tips on avoiding them is sincerely appreciated. It’s always nice to see the band and not your phone.

        • Baby Dave

          You’re in luck!

          A Lawrence Welk cover band is opening for Pat Boone at the stadium in your home town

          • Lumpy Gaga

            2nd “Lawrence Welk”.

            Get a wider frame of reference.

          • Baby Dave

            Sorry, my knowledge of Ancient History is somewhat limited to the past 5,000 years. I only know a few bands older than that

  • Tigernan Quinn

    I guess this is good enough for some people, but imagine where we’d be if all the people still playing had also cancelled. No wonder McDickhead keeps calling this “toothless.”

  • SoCalGal20

    In other news, Craig Mazin (Ted Cruz’s college roommate) tweeted about him today. Highlight.

    • Cuberly

      He just heard about Ted’s holding up the bill to address/end sex slavery. Craig isn’t happy.

    • clay

      Return to the gold standard! ‘cuz Nixon’s not republican enough for them!

      (also, they want to eliminate his Clean Water Act, his Endangered Species Act, and his EPA)

  • oikos

    But how much of their concert proceeds are being donated to fight the law?

    • johncAtl

      As long as they got under McCrory’s skin I’m satisfied.

  • kevway

    Reminds me of New Order back in *cough* 89

  • And rakes in thousands and thousands of dollars on the backs of gay people of which Duran Duran will horde for themselves. Boycott Duran Duran.

    • MBear


  • 41PC

    This might seem genuine if they put their $$$ where their mouth is

  • DutchBoy74

    Awesome! Thank you Duran Duran!

  • Bluto

    It’s a rock concert. Simon would have been wildly cheered if he read a recipe for ham biscuits instead. Appreciate the gesture though but that’s all it was.

    • johncAtl

      Everything that points out how bad this law is helps.

      • MBear

        ham biscuits help

        • RJ Tremor

          Not if they’re not in my mouth.

          • MBear

            and there ya go

    • Lazycrockett

      Well in NC I’m sure ham biscuits are rather popular with the masses.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Does anybody remember this guy from North Carolina? I wonder if he’s been asked to comment on bathroomgate.

    • RobynWatts

      Steve Wiles is on Facebook. Apparently, he is now a Trump supporter, but still the same bigoted homophobic/transphobic douche that has a obsession with Dolly Parton (Never mind that Dolly has been pro-LGBT for a very long time).

      • clay

        He likes “strong” men?

  • Blake J Butler

    There is not doubt that this has cost the state lots of jobs, millions in revenue, but does it change enough, to get people to go out and kick Mccrory to the curb because of what his bigotry has cost the state.

    I’m conflicted over there still being performances in the state, given that there should be more hurt put on the state financially speaking, to show that legislating bigotry does not come without a price, and they’re paying for it BIG TIME, and we need to keep that message going.

    I want that Smug prick (mccrory) to see in November that you can believe what you want, say what you want, but when you push your beliefs onto the entire state which you govern, you are not going to have people follow your proposals, but rebel against them. This is why elections matter, not just every 4 years, but every 2 years in your state, to keep people like him, away from representing a state.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Music acts boycotting NC are welcome because of the message it sends. Music acts that play NC and denounce the law are also sending a message. But ultimately, they’re all taking money out of North Carolina. What will change things is companies like PayPal refusing to bring money into North Carolina.

      • Blake J Butler

        But where is the money going to FROM those concerts is the question. Yes let the show go on. Yes spread awareness and help diffuse the situation in the state with the petitions. But we need to be doing more to help LGBT people in NC because of the atmosphere that has been created because of HB2 and without a repeal, this is only going to get worse. LGBT protections would be nice, but in this election cycle, i wouldn’t push it, even if there was a higher turnout because of the law, and people angry because of it, and want people kicked out of office for helping it become law.

        It is nice though that people are paying attention to this, so that more scrutiny can be placed on the governor and the legislature, of not just NC but other states contemplating the same or similar bills like what was passed in NC, and send the message that if they do not vote against, or veto these kinds of bills, there will be consequences because of them potentially signing these kinds of bills into law.

  • anne marie in philly


  • Paula


  • MBear

    it’s like eating ice cream & telling everyone it’s bad for them. boycott NC

  • JT

    From Urban Dictionary. Interesting.

    Duran Duran

    One who is on the homosexual side, has homesexual tendencies, or says things that can be taken as being homosexual.

    Pete, you are so Duran Duran!

  • kirtanloorii

    It’s crazy when we live in a time when it is very obvious who the good guys and the bad guys are.

  • Natty Enquirer

    A nice gesture. But preaching to the choir won’t change anything. The people who pull the strings have to be hit in the pocketbook.

  • MikeBx2

    Oh yeah? Well those people at that buffet thanked the Governor for protecting them from bathroom boogeymen (and women I suppose).

  • BudClark

    Say “thank you” to Duran Duran … and anybody ELSE who does ANYTHING to shove a hot poker up McRoach’s arse.

    Call me a concern troll, but some of y’all are sounding like “Bernie Or Bust” people.

    I’m retired from the professional music world. It isn’t easy to pull the plug on a large concert at such short notice. There are union contracts, ASCAP contracts, vendor contracts, insurance, ticket refunds … the list is endless.

    And regarding the High Point furniture show: my family has been involved in that for many, many years … now into the third generation. It is at least partially a permanent installation … it would take several years of planning and LOTS of money to move it out-of-state.

    About the best they can do is move the temporary, pop-up displays and stores to a friendly state, and START planning to move the whole thing in a year or two if McRoach and his Republican thugs don’t start to feel pain in their bank accounts and back down.

    In the meantime, keep on keeping on. Don’t spend a DIME in North Carolina, and urge your friends to do the same. I don’t have a congregation anymore, but I will urge my newsletter mailing list to boycott.

    Don’t forget professional organizations … the American Guild of Organists is mostly a toothless old pussycat (except NYC and a few other big chapters), but they DO have a non-discrimination clause in their Charter.

    Remind them of that. It doesn’t do much good to take ANY job in North Carolina with a company or church that doesn’t themselves discriminate, if you can be refused housing, medical care, service in grocery stores, etc.!

    My own Episcopal Church needs to file a non-discrimination lawsuit like the United Church of Christ did. SB2 is violating OUR religious freedoms!

    It’s a nuisance with having the Internet right at hand, but typed snail-mail letters still have the most impact … if nothing else, those addressed to anyone in the government have to go through the Post Office’s strict anthrax protocols before they can be delivered. That slows them down, but it also shows the recipients that the writers care enough to go to the trouble.

    Sadly, the boycott will hurt those who can least afford it … those who can’t afford to leave the state — the poor, the elderly, the sick, etc.

    But unless the Democrats make a clean sweep up and down-ticket in November, we’d better start preparing to refugee to blue states, no matter how difficult that may be.

    • johncAtl

      Thank you Bud for being a voice of reason. I get so tired of people who only see every issue as black or white. The world is a very gray place. Every little bit of pressure on NC helps. And these actions keep HB2 in the spotlight. I want Pat McCrory to wake up every morning dreading the fallout from this POS legislation.

    • Reality.Bites

      And not every performer is in the same position as Springsteen. As you point out, it’s not merely foregoing the revenue they’d have received. It has actual cost

      • johncAtl

        That’s a good point. It wasn’t simply that Springsteen didn’t make money. This cost him money out of his pocket. It’s similar to the last TV writers strike. Both Letterman and Leno paid, out of their own pockets, their staffs salaries while they were on strike.

        • Reality.Bites

          His last tour (2012-13) was the third highest grossing of this decade, $355,600,000. It’s safe to say Duran Duran and Cyndi Lauper are not in the same league.

          • johncAtl

            Another good point. I feel like you and I have a Vulcan mind meld on this issue. Live long and prosper my friend.

          • beckeb00

            I agree with you that Cyndi and Duran are not selling out stadiums a la Springsteen. But there is something about this Paper Gods tour. Duran Duran is selling out large arenas and are getting a LOT of mainstream press. I saw them in Brooklyn and the NY Times reviewed the show, Roger was interviewed on one of the local channels for their primetime news. It’s pretty awesome that one of the most influential bands for me during my late teens and early 20s is still making an impact… and yes, Paper Gods is overall a great album.
            For them to go to North Carolina and make those statements, it will have some impact, albeit minor, but still, inspiring.

    • MB

      Thanks to my membership of many years in the A.G.O. I actually get paid a decent fee for gigs, beyond that of any salaried position. During my interview for my most recent gig, I told the Rector, Asst. Rector and the Music Committee that a.) I am gay and b.) I am a very fortunate survivor of 28+ years (30 in Sept.) living with AIDS. They offered AGO scale pay, and didn’t seem to bothered in the least about my sexuality or my diagnosis. It probably helped a great deal that a gay man from within that parish was/is a postulant for the priesthood, is married to his husband (who works for the U.S. State Dept.) and his family is/are lifelong members of that parish. It’s always nice to not be faced with that uncomfortable elephant in the room of payment for weddings, funerals, services, etc.

      Also New Mexico is one of the few states that has FULL protections in housing, employment, medical and public accommodation/services. The now infamous Elane Photography case that dragged on for 6 1/2 years – they lost every appeal – was from here in Albuquerque.

      I do hope that PB Michael Curry and leaders from within the House of Deputies will file a lawsuit objecting to these incredulously asinine and discriminatory State laws. It’s time for the Church to grow the hell up and move into the 21st century.

      * Also – I hope everything is getting better for you guys.

      ♥♥ Much love and best wishes sent your way ♥♥

      • johncAtl

        30 years. I’m very happy you’re still here. And I still don’t understand how I had sex with so many guys in the 80s and early 90s that died and yet I still test negative. There’s so much we still don’t know about this disease. Imagine if Jimmy Carter had been reelected. How much more would we know now than we do.

        • MB

          Thanks John. I do sincerely try to treasure every day of great health I have enjoyed these last three decades. How I survived living with HIV/AIDS, while losing my partner and nearly every gay friend I ever had to HIV/AIDS, is probably a combo of genetics, great medical care and a hefty dose of pure luck.

          I often wonder, in remembering our departed brothers, friends and loves, what they might have contributed to society and the greater good. I try to NOT forget and have kept a list of names that I take out frequently and……..remember ……with tears, anger, laughter and melancholy.

          I personally believe that Marriage Equality happened because of the struggles, and indescribable losses endured by our LGBT family coming together for one another.

          The loss of millions to HIV/AIDS around the entire world is as great as any of the great wars and yet, sadly, it may take a couple of generations to realize and acknowledge.

          • marshlc

            A lot of straight people with hearts became allies during those terrible decades. Previously had not thought much about gay people one way or the other, but were moved by the tragedy and the loss, as anyone with basic human decency would have to be.

          • johncAtl

            Where do you live MB? I would love to come take you out to dinner one night and we can both shed a few tears over friends/loved ones we’ve lost.

          • MB

            Downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico

          • johncAtl

            I’ve never been to New Mexico. I’d love to come there. Email me at [email protected].

          • MB

            I’m off to bed- it’s been a long and busy day- but I will email you tomorrow. May tomorrow bring us new and unexpected joy. 🌈

        • saucetin

          Sobering thought.

    • Baby Dave

      Duran Duran encouraged a lot of people to spend many dimes in NC. Part of the ticket fare went to the venue. The refreshments were sold by NC based companies. Transportation to the show (gas bought at NC based gas stations, or bus tickets to NC, etc), lodging at NC hotels.

      You say we shouldn’t spend a dime in NC, but how many dimes did Duran Duran fans spend in NC?

      You sound like a Clintonista. You talk out of both sides of your mouth, the way Clinton does. She says DADT was good for gays, that Nancy Reagan’s quiet advocacy ended AIDS, and the corporate welfare is good for working people.

      And you say what Duran Duran did was god for NC, even though nobody should spend a dime there.

      You know why I’m voting or Bernie? Because you make no sense, that’s why.

      • johncAtl

        Yes, money was spent in Charlotte. The NC legislature passed HB2 with their middle finger pointed right at Charlotte because the city passed an ordinance that said that all people should be treated equally.

        Duran and Duran hasn’t been relevant for over 20 years, but their action at this concert will stay in the news for days. I’m sorry that you don’t appreciate the fact that every action that makes this bill an embarrassment that the governor has to respond to is a positive thing.

        And you don’t do Bernie any favors with comments like this. Almost every long time commenter here has committed to vote for whoever the Democratic nominee is. We may prefer Hillary, but we also recognize that anyone other than Hillary or Bernie will be a disaster for this country. Can you make the same commitment to vote Democratic regardless of who the candidate is?

        • Baby Dave


          You fundamentally misunderstand the relationship between the electorate and the party.

          It is not the duty of the voter to support the party. it is the duty of the party to support the voter.

          You cannot issue directives or orders to the voting public to support anyone. I have an absolute right to ignore any such demands. In fact, the sheer fact that you’ve made such demand is incentive in and of itself to do the exact opposite of what you demand. You cannot order me around. I refuse to obey you.

          Now, if you want to convince me through logic or solid argument I might be amenable to that. Insult and demand does not work

          Any more than it did when you ordered Nader supporters to back Gore, or anyone to support John Kerry. Nobody owes you anything. You have to earn my vote.

          • johncAtl

            Point out one sentence where I ordered you around or insulted you.

          • Baby Dave

            The you here is the plural you, as in the Democratic Party loyalists.

        • Baby Dave

          Anything anyone does makes this bill an embarrassment that the governor has to respond to, huh?

          Great, I just picked my navel lint. Will that make the Governor do something?

          If you want, I can even send you the lint as proof of my patriotic navel picking.

    • edrex

      there are many ways to protest nc’s bigotry. cancel your commitments or use the venue to educate and vocalize dissent. all are necessary and can be effective. diversify.

    • AJ Drew

      Yup, “BudClark”, I agree… it’s not the corporate venues (including hotels) that will suffer, it is the small businesses *almost all* gay-friendly if not gay-owned, around that Charlotte venue that will suffer, but they will do so silently, because they “get” the bigger picture.

    • ohbear1957

      I just got off the phone with a guy at WilmingtonNCBeaches. I let him know that my party of 5 gay men will be spending our 10-day vacation in mid-July at the Maryland beaches. I told him to be sure to thank the NC legislature and governor for the loss of revenue to the city and state.

  • MikeBx2

    The reason why cancelling and boycotting is better is that many people in that audience likely came from out of state. They stayed in hotel rooms, ate in restaurants, bought gas, etc… The Gov. couldn’t care less about the criticism as long as tax dollars keep rolling in.

    • johncAtl

      Probably fewer came from out of state than you think. Charlotte sits right on the border of SC, and it’s not exactly a blue area of SC. I’d say it’s doubtful that many people in SC would travel to see a band that peaked in popularity 30 years ago. Beyond that the next major big city that Charlotte might draw from is Atlanta which is a four hour drive away.

      • MikeBx2

        Atlantans travel to CLT for different events all the time, and trust me there are plenty of middle-age South Carolinians who loved Duran Duran back in the day. East Tennesseans too.

        • johncAtl

          I don’t disagree, but the impact of those that did so made no real impact on the tax revenue of the state. And Charlotte benefited from the concert if people did travel there. This legislation was a big FU from the NC legislature to the City of Charlotte, so if Charlotte prospers while the rest of the state suffers I’m okay with that.

          Also, it’s similar in Georgia. Atlanta is a very progressive area with LGBT protections. But the legislature is controlled by neanderthals that hate Atlanta, except for the 40+ days they get to spend in the restaurants and strip clubs here.

    • Ore Carmi

      On the other hand, it was in Charlotte. I have mixed feelings about this too, but the mayor of Charlotte did put out a statement asking people not to punish her city with boycotts. The city government in Charlotte are the good guys. This feels complicated to me.

      • MikeBx2

        Yes, I agree and like @johncatl I don’t wish any harm to the city of Charlotte.

        • johncAtl

          I feel like I just committed incest by upvoting your comment.

          But, what the hell. If there is a Hell I’m going there anyway.

          • MikeBx2

            Haha! I agree, if real all the fun people will be there.

  • JT
  • Cuberly

    More money leaving the state, more cheerleading for it to continue to do so…it all adds up. Images like this are going to be broadcast around NC.

    The squeaky wheel!!!

    Keep the pressure on. It’s the only way to reverse this crap.

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    The concert gave Gov. McCrory more room to boast that not everyone is boycotting his state. In spite of Duran Duran’s words, the concert going forward was a political plus for the Governor and the legislature.

    • johncAtl

      What do you think the news in NC reported? That Duran Duran held a concert or that they put HB2 in the spotlight?

      • empidonax_road

        Depends on the news outlet!

        • johncAtl

          Of course. I think it was in 2010 when Obama signed a treaty with Russia that was essentially an extension of the very same thing Reagan had signed. Hannity had Newt Gingrich on the night that Obama signed the treaty, and the conversation was basically like this:

          Obama: “The sky is blue”

          Hannity:” So Obama said the sky is red”

          Gingrich: “Yes, that’s what he said”

          And of course they asked half-governor Palin what she thought and her response was that “our President Reagan would never have agreed to a deal like this.”

    • empidonax_road

      It also gave the audience a chance to stand together and cheer together against the law. My gay friends down that way could use a pep rally about now. David Sedaris gave them one, too.

  • Michael C

    …but HB2 did repeal such protections in more than a dozen municipalities, including Charlotte.

    Is this correct?

    I thought that there were some other NC cities that prohibited discrimination in government employment, but Charlotte was the first to prohibit discrimination in general employment and public accommodations….(?)

  • ian

    I am curious to know how many of those cheering in the audience are from in state, and how many of them participate in their Democracy by voting. Over the years I have encountered so many people, too many people who bitch and moan about the State Legislature, or the Governor etc., and when I ask if they vote; Nope.

    • johncAtl

      How many of them can differentiate between a democracy and a republic? And how many know which the U.S. is?

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        How about right from wrong. It’s not that difficult. Pretty sure they got it.

        • johncAtl

          I agree about right from wrong. And I think the crowd got it right.

          My response was that most Americans would describe this country as a democracy. But we’re not. We are a republic founded on democratic principles. So in the U.S. the rule of law trumps (damn I hate using that word now) the rule of the majority. Most Americans believe that majority rules. Thankfully it doesn’t.

  • Baby Dave

    They still platted the state and kept all the profits for themselves. The next band will just ignore the measure altogether, and then the boycott collapses

  • Sam_Handwich

    totally off topic, but thought worth sharing. apparently Erick Erickson is quite ill.

    • johncAtl

      I have a strong belief in Karma so I never wish for bad to happen to anyone. Although in the 80s I made an exception for Ronald Reagan and Jesse Helms. Kind of hard not to when all your friends are dying and the federal government is doing nothing.

      I don’t wish bad for Erickson, but I hope a close call with death might get him to open his eyes and maybe become the good Christian he claims to be.

      • fuzzybits


        • johncAtl

          LOL that he might become a good Christian? Or that there are good Christians. I’d offer up Jimmy Carter as evidence that there are good Christians.

          • fuzzybits

            loling that there might be a change.

          • johncAtl

            Please elaborate.

      • Beagle

        I also would like to see that happen. But I won’t hold my breath.

    • Reality.Bites

      I wish him as much success in this as I do in his other endeavours.

    • Lazycrockett

      He made it quite the point to tell us how much time he spends at the gym. It must have a very nice buffet.

    • fuzzybits

      From someone who’s been really ill in the hospital I sure wasn’t thinking of tweeting.

      • Reality.Bites

        Tweeting? Go to the link. He wrote a novella.

        • fuzzybits

          Yea,first time I couldn’t get it. I’m sure after he penned that he retired to his fainting couch.

          • Skeptical_Inquirer

            For one second, i read that as farting couch.

      • William

        When I was in the hospital, they had me on so much morphine I was making calls with the remote.

        • TexasBoy

          At least morphine worked for you. They gave it to me and…nothing…they had to use Demerol instead.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Where we stopped reading:

      About two months ago I started noticing at the gym[…]

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Now I ain’t sayin’ he’s a goat-fucker….

  • MB

    They should have asked the concert-goers to sign statements of support on their way in and out, then personally delivered the stacks of signatures to the governor’s mansion. Amendment One initially was approved by a majority from among only 31,000 voters in NC because it was deliberately put on a primary ballot, instead of being placed on a general election ballot. There were most likely more supporters at this concert than voted against us in that election.

    Good on DD for raising the roof and making a strong statement FOR equality.

    • johncAtl

      The fact that amendment one was on a primary ballot should have made it ineligible to become state law.

  • Tempus Fuggit

    That’s great, but consider: you get an audience a-stompin’ and a-clappin’ and a-cheerin’ just by mentioning where you are or a local landmark. The crowd went wild the other night in New York every time Clinton said “New York” (or “Brooklyn”, or “Manhattan”, etc). Every act that ever played at Red Rocks near Denver probably got a standing ovation for mentioning I-25.

    (IOW, la de frickin’ da.)

  • Ore Carmi

    I have mixed feelings about this. At first I scoffed that DD weren’t as selfless as other performers who boycotted NC in response to HB2. But then there was the mayor of Charlotte asking people not to hurt her city. Did Duran Duran at least donate their profits from the concert to the cause, or are they merely selfish hypocrites?

    • Mike B

      Oh for christs sake, shut up.

      • Ore Carmi

        Come on–I’m sure they have plenty of money. No need to be angry. I’m merely asking.

      • Lazycrockett

        We get it your a FAN, slow your roll.

        • Mike B

          No. So fuck off

          • Lazycrockett

            Simon Le Bran thinks you are a ugly piece of shit. At least that is what he told the crowd at NC.

          • johncAtl

            You have 29 upvotes. Lazycrockett has 15950. You have a lot of catching up to do.

          • Mike B

            because that’s what life is all about…. upvotes. oh my god.

          • Mike B

            oh no! Upvotes! should I be scared?

    • johncAtl

      I have mixed feeling as well. But overall I appreciate that they took an action that keeps the POS legislation in the news and makes McCrory having to keep trying to defend it.

      • Ore Carmi

        Yeah, I just looked at the previous JMG post on their concert. Looks like they actually planned to use the occasion pretty strategically, making information about HB2 and repealing it available at the concert. And looks like they do some work too with LGBT youth. I should have looked at the previous post more carefully.

  • fuzzybits
  • ultragreen

    That’s a nice gesture by them.

    • Baby Dave

      What NC needs isn’t a nice gesture. Its a rather rude gesture.

  • Jeffrey

    I know a lot of you think they should have canceled their show, but they didnt and they arguably brought more attention to the situation than if they had. Good for them. They don’t owe the money they made to anyone. They don’t owe us a canceled show. They don’t owe us anything.

    • johncAtl

      For the under 30 crowd this was a non-event. What we really need to work on getting cancelled is Justin Bieber on July 6th. Justin doesn’t owe the gay community anything, but damn could he make a major statement by pulling out.

      • Jeffrey

        His father could have done the world a favor by pulling out.

        • johncAtl


          But I think Justin could be an ally. I actually think he’s maturing, but it’s too soon to say for sure.

      • Blake Jordan

        I have no faith in Bieber and Beyoncé to even acknowledge HB2, let alone take action against it.

        A long, long battle through the courts is the only way we are going to deal with this latest wave of anti-LGBT+ laws.

    • djcoastermark

      say what anyone will about cancelling the show, maybe the gov’ner needs to see and really think about the reaction of the crowd. It might show him a thing or three,

      • johncAtl

        Springsteen, yeah. That was an impact.

        But Duran Duran, not really. They did good by keeping this in the news.

    • Dorothy Rothchild

      I would respectfully disagree. As human beings we owe it to each other to do everything we can to stand up against civil rights violations. While speaking out is admirable, cancelling would have made a bigger impact.

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    • KnownDonorDad

      There’s got to be a way to automatically filter a line of wingdings or webdings or whatever that stupid font is.

    • unclemike

      Your roommate Mary’s a whore.

      • johncAtl

        What? Easter was just two weeks ago. Mary wasn’t a whore. But Jospeh……well, he couldn’t stay off of grindr.

  • Blake Jordan

    Was the concert sold out before they announced how they planned to “protest” HB2?
    Have they planned to give any of the profit to fight HB2?

    • johncAtl

      Pure speculation, but I would guess it was sold out before they announced the plan to protest. And I haven’t seen anything that said they would donate to fight HB2. But I think that’s okay. Any action that embarasses NC is good. And Duran Duran isn’t in the same league as Springsteen. He never stopped being relevant. They were popular for only a few songs. I appreciate their support, especially since the concert was held in Charlotte.

      • Lazycrockett

        Oh you are going to feel the wrath of someone soon john, very soon…

        • johncAtl

          There are so many I’ve pissed off in the last few days, and the funny thing is the more they rant the louder I laugh.

      • zakin

        Duran Duran sold out an 18,000+ venue.
        Springsteen sold 15,000+ tickets (out of a ~22,000 venue) before canceling two days beforehand.
        I’d say they are in the same league.

  • Well, alright, I understand the criticism that they didn’t make more of an issue out of this before performing as well as haven’t guaranteed (I think) to be giving parts of the profits away. I still think of this as a very good sign. Has anyone from the Bieb’s camp mentioned anything lately?

    • johncAtl

      I’m not sure the Bieber is aware of this yet. If so, I can’t imagine that he wouldn’t want to be supportive.

  • Unfortunately, the people who voted for McCrory are more scared of big government, ISIS, high taxes and trans women in girls’ bathrooms than they are of Duran Duran. Such a pity cowardly know-nothings are allowed to vote.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    I’m flat out not gonna THINK about asking a nostalgia act touring sheds to take a hit in the pocketbook for my cause.

    (And you probably shouldn’t get into a gayer-than-thou pissing contest with Nick Rhodes in the room.)

  • Preston

    Whats up with the flag. something just doesn’t look right?

    • johncAtl

      Go to about 1:30 in the video and the colors look right.

    • Blake Jordan

      There are separate flags for General Pride, Transgender Pride and Bisexual Pride, so maybe it is some sort of “blend”…

  • Lazycrockett

    As I tear up over the idea that Duran Duran actually physically signed the repel act one by one showing such strong support to overturn a law….. …that as non US citizens means absolutely nothing. …..sorry I glazed from all of the

    • Lumpy Gaga

      It’s all about relating to the audience and maybe getting some who can sign, to do so.

      Or as Paul Stanley once said, to explain relating to Kiss’ audience: “They think, ‘I want Christine. I’ve got a love gun.'”

    • Reality.Bites

      If they were US citizens and residents of North Carolina it would still mean nothing. The NC government knows what side of their bread is buttered.

  • Ninja0980

    Keep the pressure up!

  • Blake Jordan

    What is going on with the ACLU, et. al. and their legal case(s) against North Carolina?
    Because fighting this through the courts is the only way something significant is going to be done against it?

    Georgia is going to be the exception in this new wave of anti-LGBT+ legislative attacks…
    Even that is not permanent if the governor gets replaced, or the rethuglicans (and DINOs) get a super-majority in the state legislature.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Venue is owned by Live Nation, not the city. No one is gonna piss in Live Nation’s corn flakes, that’s just the nature of the live music biz at the moment.

    But by all means, demand that Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, and Rascall Flatts all give up a piece of the gate when they play this shed this Summer.

  • AJ Drew

    NC’s HB2 *will* be ruled against upon Constitutional grounds, eventually. Well, at least parts of it.

    As for Duran Duran… should they have canceled their show? Maybe, but I personally think, as their audience is most likely supporters of “our” cause, they rallied our troops. Gay-friendly folks in NC need our support… and if “Hungry Like The Wolf” does it, so be it.

    Late-canceled concerts do NOT have an impact upon hotels (fees and no-refund policies,) but they DO have an impact upon the (surprisingly?) gay-owned and gay-friendly small businesses (restaurants, clubs,) that surround the concert venue in Charlotte.

    I do get the negative stance… f*** everyone in NC because of their elected officials who sneaked HB2 into being, and, ick, NC’s Gov. McCrory, who has assumed a defensive and obnoxious just short of (legally) lying stance.

    But, gay kids and gay elders, and gay-owned and gay-friendly businesses still exist in NC, and shouting at them that they should “just move away” is not helpful.

  • geoffalnutt
  • Michael Hampton

    I would rather have seen them say to North Carolina, “We don’t need your money. We are cancelling our concert.” That would have actually made a statement. This is just them trying to say “We care about gay rights, but not as much as we care about money.”

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    • Homo Erectus

      flagged, reported.