Van Zandt: Anti-LGBT laws like an 'evil virus' spreading

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

NEW YORK (AP) — E-Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt says Bruce Springsteen and the band canceled their North Carolina concert because of the state's new law blocking anti-discrimination rules for the LGBT community, something he called an "evil virus" spreading around the U.S.

Van Zandt tells The Associated Press the decision was made not to perform Sunday in Greensboro, North Carolina, because of the law, which critics say discriminates against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

He made his remarks Friday night after he posthumously inducted songwriter Bert Berns into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Brooklyn's Barclay's Center.

Van Zandt says legislation like North Carolina's "is spreading like an evil virus" around the country and "we should try and stop this early."

People who bought tickets will get refunds.