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Duran Duran considered canceling Charlotte show over HB2

Bass Guitarist John Taylor and Singer Simon Le Bon of the band Duran Duran perform live as their 2016 tour kicks off at the Durham Performing Arts Center on March 28, 2016 in Durham.
Bass Guitarist John Taylor and Singer Simon Le Bon of the band Duran Duran perform live as their 2016 tour kicks off at the Durham Performing Arts Center on March 28, 2016 in Durham. Zuma Press/TNS

Duran Duran, an English band out of Birmingham, UK, considered canceling their Charlotte show over House Bill 2.

Band member Simon Le Bon took to twitter Thursday to share the band's viewpoint on playing in North Carolina.

The link leads to the band's website, where Duran Duran said they considered canceling their show 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."

The band posted the following statement on their website:

"Yes here it is again, just plain old fashioned prejudice, fear and oppression, the same old kind that’s blighted the human race, in varying degrees, for all of its history. Duran Duran is opposed to bigotry and discrimination in all of its ugly forms, and so it follows that we are opposed to the basic premise of HB2. We support the rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender community, to have equal opportunities. We support their rights to live free, happy, fulfilled lives. If you live in this State and feel the same way, we urge you to register, so that you can vote; so that your voice can be heard. We urge you to sign this petition which will be presented at the General Assembly meeting on April 25th in North Carolina. You have the power to repeal this outdated and cruel legislation." – Simon, Nick, John & Roger

Duran Duran is set to perform around 7 p.m. Saturday at PNC Pavilion.

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