Peter Frampton will honor his commitment to play scheduled shows in North Carolina and Mississippi this summer, despite being strongly against each state’s controversial laws that opponents say discriminate against the LBGT community.
In a statement to ABC News Radio, Frampton says that while he is lucky to share his music with his “amazing, loyal and diverse fans,” he feels he needs to take a stand against the new legislation, including North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom bill,” which mandates that people must use public bathrooms that match the sex that’s indicated on their birth certificates, and Mississippi’s recently enacted law that allows people to refuse service to same-sex couples and transgender people on religious grounds.
“In light of recent legislation in North Carolina and Mississippi, I stand aside my fellow musicians Gregg Allman, Cyndi Lauper, Jimmy Buffett and many others to help overturn these absurd new laws,” he says.
That said, the musician will not back out of the shows already booked.
“My band and I will uphold our commitment to play our scheduled shows there this summer and honor fans who have already purchased tickets and/or made travel plans” He said.
The musician added that he will not return to tour in the future.
“We will not play again until these laws are changed,” he said. “I will be making a donation in support of the rights and protections of the LGBTQ community.”
Frampton will tour with Lynyrd Skynrd and Gregg Allman, kicking off at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Missouri, May 15. The tour lands in Biloxi, Mississippi, on May 27 at the IP Casino Resort and Spa. The North Carolina date is July 26 at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre.
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