As you'd expect from a guy who's all about peace and love, Ringo Starr is joining the ranks of those saying no to North Carolina in the wake of the state's controversial new Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act.
Starr is canceling his June 18 All-Star Band show in Cary, N.C., and his issued a statement explaining, "I'm sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred. Spread peace and love. This law opens the door to discrimination everywhere by limiting anti-discrimination laws against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. How sad that they feel that this group of people cannot be defended. As Canned Heat sang, 'Let's work together.' And The Beatles said, 'All you need is love.'"
Starr also asks for support for "organizations that are fighting to overturn this law in whatever way we can." Starr's next All-Starr Band run starts June 3 in Syracuse and wraps July 2 in Los Angeles.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.