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Bruce Springsteen cancels show because of North Carolina law

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The backlash against North Carolina's law banning antidiscrimination ordinances kept going unabated Friday, as Bruce Springsteen announced that he was canceling a weekend show in the state in solidarity with those protesting the bill.

Springsteen and the E Street Band were scheduled to perform at the Greensboro Coliseum on Sunday night as part of their current tour, which continues in the United States this month and heads to Europe in May.

On Friday afternoon, Spring­steen released a statement saying that he could no longer play the show.

"Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them," Springsteen said in the message posted on his website. "It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards."

Springsteen's stance comes as a host of major businesses and organizations have criticized North Carolina's law, which prohibits transgender people from using bathrooms that don't match the gender they were assigned at birth. This legislation also bans local governments from extending civil rights protections to gay and transgender people.

Earlier this week, PayPal announced that it would no longer open a facility in Charlotte due to the law. State officials had said PayPal's facility would have pumped millions into the local economy by next year and employed 400 people.

Springsteen said Friday that North Carolina's law was an "attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress," and praised the people fighting the legislation.

People who bought tickets would get refunds, Spring­steen said.

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