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Dead & Company Share Open Letter Ahead of North Carolina Show

June 02, 2016


Dead & Company have released a statement concerning their upcoming show in Charlotte, NC, and the recent passing of HB2, the controversial “bathroom law” that prohibits transgendered individuals from using the restroom of their choosing. The group has decided to go ahead with their performance despite their objections to the bill.

“We had hoped that by now this abhorrent law would have been repealed,” the note reads. “Sadly, it has not.”

“After much thought, consideration and conversation, we feel the most effective way to move forward is to perform as scheduled in Charlotte, North Carolina on June 10 and to donate $100,000.00 to organizations engaged in this battle for justice – the Human Rights Campaign and Equality North Carolina.”

The band also notes that HeadCount’s Participation Row will host several local organizations involved in fighting the bill and will help voters to register and get their voices heard. “We’ve never been a band that’s spoken many words when we’re on stage,” the band writes. “But we hope that our actions, and the actions of our fans, will ring louder than ever before.”

Dead & Company will play Charlotte, NC's PNC Music Pavilion on June 10. Read their full statement below.

This March, when North Carolina lawmakers passed HB2 and Governor Pat McCrory signed it into law, we categorically objected to it. We had hoped that by now this abhorrent law would have been repealed. Sadly, it has not.

After much thought, consideration and conversation, we feel the most effective way to move forward is to perform as scheduled in Charlotte, North Carolina on June 10 and to donate $100,000.00 to organizations engaged in this battle for justice – the Human Rights Campaign and Equality North Carolina.

Additionally, we will assemble a “Participation Row” social action area, where we’ll host local organizations fighting discrimination and national organizations dedicated to voter registration and protecting the planet. Every fan in attendance will have an opportunity to learn about the true ramifications of the HB2 law, and take meaningful action by registering to vote; to that end we are working on an online community registration site that will assist the HeadCount organization in promoting and simplifying voter registration.

Dead shows have always been a safe place for all of our audience to come together through music no matter how they appear or self-identify. History shows these values of openness and inclusiveness have served us – and the world around us – well.

We’ve never been a band that’s spoken many words when we’re on stage. But we hope that our actions, and the actions of our fans, will ring louder than ever before.

With Love and Respect,

Dead & Company

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