Bruce Springsteen continued to speak out against anti-LGBT legislation Thursday night at a concert in Detroit. On the latest stop of his River Tour at the Palace of Auburn Hills, the 66-year-old rocker noted that he’d heard Michigan was considering a discriminatory law — and suggested that if the state passed such legislation, he wouldn’t be coming back. “We hope the bill doesn’t pass, ’cause we love playing in Michigan,” the Boss said, per the Detroit Free Press. “So keep your heads up.”
Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson said in March that he’ll propose legislation forcing the state’s students to use bathrooms corresponding to the gender they were assigned at birth. Last week, Springsteen canceled his concert scheduled for April 10 in Greensboro, North Carolina to protest a similar discriminatory law, writing that “some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them.”
Following the high-profile decision, Ringo Starr canceled a North Carolina show of his own, while Gregg Allman, Jimmy Buffett, and Against Me! publicly condemned the legislation but vowed to go forward with their performances. Laura Jane Grace, the transgender frontwoman of Against Me!, said the band would perform “as an act of protest,” writing on Twitter that she was “even more eager to play North Carolina ’cause of the bill!”
Springsteen’s current tour wraps later this month in Brooklyn before moving to Europe in May.