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Jimmy Buffett won’t cancel North Carolina -- yet

Jimmy Buffett is scheduled to play two North Carolina shows this month, and those shows are still happening. Beyond that, however, you might not see Buffett around these parts for as long as the recently passed House Bill 2 is still in effect.

This comes in the wake of Bruce Springsteen canceling his Greensboro show over House Bill 2, and Brand Carlile’s announcement that she will still play her scheduled dates here “to witness the protest through music.”

Buffett has released a statement criticizing House Bill 2 as “a stupid law based on stupid assumptions.” But he feels deep loyalty to his North Carolina fans and is “not going to let stupidity or bigotry trump fun for my loyal fans this year.” So the shows on the schedule will go on, including Buffett’s April 21 season-opener at Raleigh’s Walnut Creek Amphitheatre.

But here’s the closing paragraph:

That said, as for the future of shows in North Carolina, it would definitely depend on whether that stupid law is repealed. That is up to the good people of North Carolina and there are many, and I am confident that they will see that the right thing will be done. As Forrest said, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

Fins Up,

Jimmy Buffett


David Menconi: 919-829-4759, @NCDavidMenconi