Joe Walsh message to his fans about playing in North Carolina:

Posted May 25 2016 by User

I have a few shows coming up in North Carolina: June 30th in Charlotte at the PNC Pavilion on my tour with Bad Company and August 9th in Raleigh at the Red Hat Amphitheater as part of my solo run. North Carolina has been in the news lately because of the new legislation passed (HB-2) that dictates which bathrooms transgender individuals are to use and overrules LGBT anti-discrimination measures passed by local governments in the state of North Carolina. It also deprives the rights of LGBT persons to fight back when their rights are denied in the workplace.

This legislation is deeply disconcerting and offensive to me and it hits close to home because, in addition to my diverse friends and peers from all walks of life, I have a gay stepson of whom I am very proud and that this legislation would directly affect. Because I am against discrimination of any kind, I encourage a full repeal of this law.

I believe that music is a language that connects people – without bias – and that my shows are a place where all are welcome and all can feel safe. This is why I have chosen to proceed with concert dates as planned in North Carolina and will be donating my net profits to Equality NC and the ACLU. Both of these organizations will be on site at my show passing out information and collecting donations. You can also find links to their pages on my website where you can get more information or make a donation. Please consider contributing to these organizations who are working to repeal HB-2 and join me in coming together to protect equal rights for everyone including our LGBT children today and for years to come.

With gratitude and love,

Joe Walsh

Learn More:

Equality North Carolina

American Civil Liberties Union

  1. On May 25 2016, Fayetteville said:

    There is no way you can take a stand on any side of any issue today and not get lambasted by a bucketful of bullsh*t! All you can do is stand up for your beliefs and let them have their say. I do wish, however, that some of these haters would realize you are not profiting by turning your profits over to the LGBT cause, you are merely doing what you believe to be the right thing to do.

  2. On May 25 2016, LEO said:

    Have enjoyed both you & your music for a long time. Joe, as a cop with 27 years in a large metropolitan city - the transgender restroom issue is not quite as easy to deal with as everyone seems to think. I've had to deal with both sides of this situation many times & have yet to find a workable solution that all parties will accept much less allow without altercations! Having said this I don't know how a law can be written in the current environment. And who's to enforce it? The police? Let's be real - cops are already stretched too thin trying to handle major crimes, most of which are in progress. I written this so those who read it will understand this is first hand info that this issue is not a simple matter nor is simply writing a law going to make everything all better. I wish I had an answer but I don't.

  3. On May 25 2016, William Bradshaw said:

    You've lost me Joe. I've been a fan for over 40 years. ( yes I'm that old!) I was hoping for a solo tour this summer and checked your website daily. Needless to say I was very excited when I heard it was on! But, within the past few days, you've lost me. I found out that Waddy Watchel, the convicted child porn offender is now part of your band. And now, you're telling me that if I buy a ticket to your NC show, ALL of the net profits, my money before it was yours, will go to a cause that I find offensive and to organizations that I do not support. By supporting you now, and paying the salary of Mr Watchel, we are in fact turning a blind eye to child pornography and those who perpetrate the crime. By giving our money to the organizations you listed, we are supporting the idea that grown men should be allowed enter a bathroom that is being occupied by women and little girls. What has happened to our country Joe? I know what's right when I see it, and I know what's wrong. And I certainly don't need you or the government to tell me the difference. Been nice knowing you Joe. Or I thought I did.

  4. On May 25 2016, TobyS said:

    AZ, your opinion is extremely valuable, but you can't expect to know the heart of the decision of which you speak without explicitly hearing it from the source. Nevertheless, consider a couple of points. The GOP will always be the GOP, but laws can change. If you have issues with the GOP, then it's likely best to avoid even the hint of alignment with them. If you have issues with laws, it's time to get involved.

  5. On May 25 2016, AZ said:

    But you have no problem bowing out playing for the troops when you found out in was tied in with the GOP convention in Cleveland. No doubt As long as they are Liberal troops you would have no issues. Hollywood Hypocrite. Ticketmaster had more than two-thirds of the venue available as of show time last Sunday. You loose a large number of your audience when you speak your mind. No problem with that. I have the solution, if God made you with a penis you use a men's room. You have a vagina you go to the women's room. If this hurts someone's feelings....tough shit grow the eff up and quit whining.

  6. On May 25 2016, Sheila S said:

    Joe Walsh....first, I want to thank you for the show last night in The Woodlands, TX. You guys lived up to your slogan of One Hell of A Tour & delivered a great time for ALL! I support your views on equal rights & am passionate because I have a gay son who has given me a wealth of knowledge in life that no textbook ever could. The idea of sharing restrooms is scarey for only those who aren't educated of the transgender community. I beg everyone to have an open mind & meet transgender & gay people. It is then, they will better understand the importance of this law. They will quickly learn that the transgender of a man to a woman desires a man's attention the same as a heterosexual. Rapist don't dress in women's clothing to attract a woman. In fact, rape is a crime committed by an angry disgusting person who wants to instill fear & be in control while terrorizing a woman. Therefore, it occurs more in a secluded place than a public restroom. We are already sharing restrooms with transgender people & it hasn't caused an increase of sexual attacks in there. It is my hope that ALL of your cool fans will educate themselves about the gay community, love one another regardless & simply enjoy life. I am such a better person after being exposed to the gay community & have received much respect & love from many young people because I support my son. I've been blessed to make a positive difference in lives of the gay people who hug me, thank me & tell me horror stories of what they endure from others who don't understand. This includes being kicked out of their homes, disowned by parents, treated as criminals. Those negative things hurt others. Please, Please....educate yourself on the community before agreeing to discriminate. Discrimination only makes the world a tougher place & has NEVER benefited anyone. God Bless Us ALL! Peace!

  7. On May 25 2016, Cherie Williams said:

    I don't think anyone expected any less from you. Class act. Bravo, sir!

  8. On May 25 2016, RobinBaneth said:

    Whatever Joe says and does I am quite fine with since he is the greatest entertainer on earth. I was about to fly to Red Rocks from Raleigh and now I do not have to. I do not care who I go to the bathroom with.

  9. On May 25 2016, twig549 said:

    I'm from NC and I don't want to be a part of anything that hurts or discriminates against anyone or Animals, especially Animals! Get ready to catch hell from your friends, the poop storm will hit the fan probably within minutes of your post. I just want to say "Thank you" for trying to find a way to educate instead making our state a little more poorer.
    with graditude,
    steve whitfield

  10. On May 25 2016, purplesturm said:

    KUDOS and Hats off to you Joe Walsh, Sir!
    Thank You for Not canceling your NC shows and thinking of the fans!! While people may disagree with the the HB-2 Law, the Fans, concert goers did not pass or sign the HB -2 law in NC! While some artists have cancelled their shows in NC bc of HB-2(Bruce Springsteen) , some have proceeded on with their shows! Cindy Lauper used her show to raise money and speak out against HB-2!

    Will be looking forward to the Raleigh show!

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