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Pearl Jam Goes Springsteen On North Carolina

From the band’s website: It is with deep consideration and much regret that we must cancel the Raleigh show in North Carolina on April 20th. This will be upsetting to those who have tickets and you can be assured that we are equally frustrated by the situation. The HB2 law that was recently passed is a despicable piece of legislation ...

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Rockers Boston Go Springsteen On North Carolina

THREE shows cancelled. From the band’s Facebook page: While the enjoyment of our fans is our central concern, and we have been looking forward to celebrating forty years of history performing for our listeners in North Carolina with spectacular live shows this spring, human rights are more important. It is with deep regret, that I must announce the cancellation of ...

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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 ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Hip-Hop Pioneer Afrika Bambaataa Accused Of Molesting Several Young Boys

For several days New York City’s music sites have been consumed with explosive allegations of child molestation against hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa, whose 1982 global smash Planet Rock virtually created the electro and freestyle genres that dominated airwaves in the 80s and continues to influence much of current dance music. From today’s New York Daily News: Afrika Bambaataa was not ...

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MICHIGAN: Bruce Springsteen Warns Detroit Audience That Anti-LGBT Laws May Be Heading Their Way Too

On Thursday night Bruce Springsteen played Detroit, where he warned his audience that anti-LGBT laws are also in the works in Michigan: Just days after he scrapped a show in North Carolina as a protest against a new anti-LGBT state law, which restricts the public bathrooms transgenders can use, The Boss showed he was still upset about the controversy onstage ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Duran Duran To Promote “Ugly Bigoted HB2” Repeal At Tomorrow’s Charlotte Concert

From Duran Duran’s website: With respect to the current storm which is howling through this State, we considered cancelling our show on Saturday, but decided to go ahead, both for the sake of our fans and to support those in North Carolina who feel as strongly as we do about this issue. We see this as an opportunity to make ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Mumford & Sons To Donate Tonight’s Charlotte Concert Profits To LGBT Fund

JamBase reports: Tonight, Mumford & Sons will perform before a capacity crowd at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. The band recently announced they will donate all of their profits from the show to a new charitable fund “to support those who have made it their mission to pursue love and justice.” A donation from the fund ...

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Bob Mould – Hold On [VIDEO]

Bears and drag queens take center stage in the new Bob Mould video. Rolling Stone reviews: With Bob Mould embarking on a tour in support of his recently released LP Patch the Sky starting April 20th, the former Hüsker Dü rocker has unveiled the new video for his latest single “Hold On.” The video finds a downhearted Mould wandering around ...

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ABC – Viva Love [AUDIO]

Vintage Vinyl reports: ABC have recorded a sequel to their classic The Lexicon of Love after 34 years. For the new album Fry brought back composer Anne Dudley, who arranged the strings on the original Lexicon. Dudley has co-written two new songs, The Love Inside The Love and Brighter Than The Sun. Also contributing to the 10 new songs are ...

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JMG EXCLUSIVE: Cyndi Lauper To Donate All Profits From Raleigh Concert To Equality North Carolina

“Sadly, once again, the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people have been trampled on with the recent passage of HB2 in North Carolina. Me and my team at the True Colors Fund have been closely monitoring the situation in North Carolina and support the efforts of the Human Rights Campaign, Equality North Carolina, and others to repeal ...

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Ringo Starr Goes Springsteen On North Carolina

Citing the Beatles classic All You Need Is Love, Ringo Starr today cancelled his June 18th concert in Cary, North Carolina, joining with fellow artists in “fighting against the bigotry of HB2.” Ringo further declares that HB2 “opens the door to discrimination everywhere.” See his message below.

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CALIFORNIA: Cyndi Lauper And Harvey Fierstein Get Adjacent Stars On Hollywood Walk Of Fame [VIDEO]

Variety reports: It’s hard to imagine a more simpatico creative pairing than Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein. Lauper, the award-winning (Grammy, Emmy and Tony) pop icon whose rainbow-colored hair and anthemic “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” single made her a hero among fiery female teens in the 1980s, has long established herself as a staunch humanitarian and leading advocate for ...

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Tony Perkins: Liberal Extremists Like “Bossy” Bruce Springsteen & Bryan Adams Hate The Bill Of Rights

Via press release: He was born to run all right. Bruce Springsteen is blowing off his tour date in North Carolina Friday because the state is daring to let businesses set their own bathroom policies. What a scandalous idea! Like other liberal extremists, The Boss (or is it Bossy?) is furious that the North Carolina government won’t barge into board ...

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Bryan Adams Goes Springsteen On Mississippi

Billboard Magazine reports: Bryan Adams has canceled a show in Mississippi in a protest to the state’s passing of what has been described as the most aggressive anti-LGBT law in America. The Canadian rocker has scrapped his April 14 date at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi following the signing into law of the “Religious Liberty” bill 1523, a first-of-its-kind ...

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Steven Van Zandt On Springsteen Cancellation: Hurting Haters Economically Is All They Understand [VIDEO]

Watch Van Zandt’s thoughtful interview below. Rolling Stone reports: Hours after Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band canceled their Greensboro, North Carolina concert Sunday to protest the state’s controversial, discriminatory “bathroom bill,” guitarist Steven “Little Stevie” Van Zandt defended Springsteen’s decision while backstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony Friday. “We just felt the issue ...

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Alex Newell & Nile Rodgers – Kill The Lights [VIDEO]

Glee star and budding dance diva Alex Newell is out with a scorching disco throwback track today. Kill The Lights features legendary producer Nile Rodgers on guitar and will debut on this weekend’s episode of HBO’s Vinyl as the show’s timeline moves into the disco era. This WILL get your weekend pumping. And yeah, shades of Sylvester here.

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Bruce Springsteen Cancels North Carolina Concert In Show Of Solidarity For Transgender “Freedom Fighters”

WHOA. Bruce Springsteen tweeted out this statement this afternoon: As you, my fans, know I’m scheduled to play in Greensboro, North Carolina this Sunday. As we also know, North Carolina has just passed HB2, which the media are referring to as the “bathroom” law. HB2 — known officially as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act — dictates which bathrooms ...

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Tegan And Sara – Boyfriend [AUDIO]

The new single from Canada’s best identical twin lesbian pop duo was released last night and it’s pretty great. Billboard reviews: The track’s a stadium-shaking hand-clapper from the twin duo’s forthcoming album, Love You to Death. Sara Quin spoke to DJ Matt Wilkinson about the song, explaining the story behind the song: Quin was stuck in a love triangle with ...

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President Obama Opens American Idol Finale With Praise For Show And Call For Voter Registration [VIDEO]

American Idol ended its 15-season run last night and the finale began with a message from the president. Via Deadline: Acknowledging “not all of us can sing like Kelly Clarkson,” Obama told viewers of the very last episode of the Fox series “all of our voices matter.” Opening up the jam packed 2-hour end to Idol’s fifteen season run, the ...

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Rick Astley – Keep Singing [VIDEO]

Via Radio Times: Eighties legend Rick Astley has a new single out. The Never Gonna Give You Up singer has written a comeback album after 10 years, with first track Keep Singing released today. It’s a heartfelt tune which actually sounds a lot like an Adele song with its soaring notes and lyrics about The Past. Before you roll your ...

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