Bryan Adams cancels Biloxi show citing new religious freedom law

Bryan Adams cancels Biloxi show citing new religious freedom law

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Musician Bryan Adams has canceled his show at the Crawfish Music Festival this week because of Mississippi's new religious freedom law.

The Canadian rocker posted a message on his website Sunday that said in part,

"I find it incomprehensible that LGBT citizens are being discriminated against in the state of Mississippi. I cannot in good conscience perform in a state where certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation. Therefore I'm canceling my 14 April show at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Using my voice I stand in solidarity with all of my LGBT friends to repeal this extremely discriminatory bill. Hopefully Mississippi will right itself and I can come back and perform for all of my many fans. I look forward to that day."

Advocates of the Religious Accommodations law say it protects people who follow their religious faith. But opponents say it gives a license to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Adams was scheduled to open the Crawfish Music Festival Thursday night. The move comes after Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band canceled a Sunday show in Greensboro, North Carolina, because of the state's new law similar to Mississippi's.

Organizers expect the Crawfish Music Festival to go on as planned. Coliseum Executive Director Matt McDonnell said the festival doesn't depend on Adams to be there.

"The Bryan Adams tour was a tour date on his schedule that was booked prior to us booking any of our talent for the Crawfish Festival. It really was a stand alone date that was a hard ticket show for the arena. It was not a festival act, per se," said McDonnell. "We were fortunate to be able to book it. We're sorry that he had to cancel. We will issue refunds at the point of purchase once we receive official notification from the promoter, Live Nation."

According to McDonnell, no other artists have announced cancellations, and the Crawfish Music Festival will kick off Thursday night at 5 at the coliseum.

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