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Ringo cancels Cary show over HB2

Ringo Starr, pictured in 2010 at the Durham Performing Arts Center, was slated to come to Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre with his All-Starr Band Saturday, June 18.
Ringo Starr, pictured in 2010 at the Durham Performing Arts Center, was slated to come to Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre with his All-Starr Band Saturday, June 18. JOHN ROTTET - jrottet@newsobserv

The hits just keep on coming.

Ringo Starr announced Wednesday that he is canceling his June 18 concert at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre in protest of North Carolina’s law that precludes protections for some LGBT people.

"I'm sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred,” Starr said, according to a statement released by a management company. “Spread peace and love.”

The announcement is the latest in a string of cancellations in protest of HB2, which the legislature passed in a special session and Gov. Pat McCrory promptly signed into law. Last week, Bruce Springsteen canceled his Sunday concert in Greensboro.

Here’s the rest of the announcement by Beautiful Day Media & Management:

“This law opens the door to discrimination everywhere by limiting anti-discrimination laws against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

“Ringo adds, ‘How sad that they feel that this group of people cannot be defended.’ He asks that we all support organizations that are fighting to overturn this law in whatever way we can.

“As Canned Heat sang, ‘Let’s work together.’

And The Beatles said, ‘All you need is love.’”

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