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HB2 supporter in Idaho reviews Pearl Jam – with a hammer

Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr and other acts canceling North Carolina concerts over the House Bill 2 law have generated widespread attention -- not all of it favorable.

One nay-sayer is Lance Wells, from Idaho, whose website says that he hopes his songs and writings “are glorifying to God and uplifting for you.” In response to Pearl Jam’s recent HB2-inspired cancellation of its Raleigh show, Wells sent me a video with a note describing it as “what one former Seattle resident thinks of Pearl Jam’s stand for ‘human rights.’”

Wells published the video on his “Music Inspiration Channel” on YouTube on Monday, and it appears to have picked up more than 40,000 views (although, curiously, no comments). The video shows Wells strumming a guitar, singing in imitation of Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, showing off a North Carolina “First in Flight” mug -- and “reviewing” a couple of Pearl Jam compact discs by taking a hammer to them, then burning the packaging.

“Please tune in to a future episode, perhaps we’ll be reviewing some Springsteen music as well,” Wells concludes. And the video outro has a printed message that scrolls by:

“To those residents of N.C.

(and Mississippi)

Who still have some decency:

At least one Idahoan

Is with you!”

Well, maybe he can do 98 Degrees for his next video.

David Menconi: 919-829-4759, @NCDavidMenconi