Steve Earle Caves to Sound Strike Pressure, "Postpones" Tucson Show

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Score one for Zack de la Rocha, Javier Gonzalez and the Sound Strike.

Steve Earle has bowed to intense pressure from organizers of a boycott of Arizona related to an immigration law that will never take effect, postponing his upcoming Arizona show indefinitely.

In a statement, Earle says he was "under the mistaken impression that the boycott had been called off" after a federal court blocked the bill from taking effect.

No, sorry.

"I also want to do more research about the boycott and its effects
because as someone who supports the immigrants rights movement I am not
convinced that it is useful to continue to stay away from progressive
fans in the state," he said.

Full statement below.

Read New Times columnist Stephen Lemon's take on the Sound Strike (he's for it) here.

Statement From Steve Earle:

It is with decidedly mixed feelings and a fair amount of regret that I have decided to postpone our concert that was to be have been at the Rialto in Tucson on July 4th. I am doing this out of respect to the boycott of Arizona that many artists are participating in to support those Arizonans who are opposed to the passage of SB 1070 and any other legislation that discriminates against Mexican-Americans.

I apologize for confusion caused by my original acceptance of the offer from the Rialto and this reversal of course. When SB 1070 first passed I enthusiastically joined with those who were boycotting the state. However after a Federal Court enjoined implementation of the bill I was under the mistaken impression that the boycott had been called off and I was surprised that the announcement of my appearance was treated as some sort of s statement about the boycott.

I look at this as a postponement because I have very warm feelings towards my fans in Tucson and towards the Rialto who are kindred spirits. I also want to do more research about the boycott and its effects because as someone who supports the immigrants rights movement I am not convinced that it is useful to continue to stay away from progressive fans in the state. I respect those among my fellow artists who have chosen to play Arizona at the same time speak out against SB 1070 as well as those who have supported the boycott. This is going to be a long tour and I expect to get to Tucson at some point in the not too distant future.


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David Bunda
David Bunda

Here's the really dumb part about this whole AZ boycott idea. No one friggin' cares anymore. No one is going to wake up and say "wow these artists are boycotting AZ!" Don't you see the problem that you just open the door for the more patriotic ones to just have a bigger voice. States all around the country are creating the very same legislation. The laws are being contested and argued. What more do want? If they are unconstitutional, they will be changed. No boycott is going to help speed it up. And near as I can tell it is in line with the federal laws. No state politician is going to take notice and be swayed by a musician boycott. Half are viewed as crack-pots anyway - out of touch with anything real. You only hurt your fans with this decision to support a boycott. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb. Here you have been given a podium to speak from, albeit a musical one (so sing), to speak out with...and yet artists choose to boycott! Really? Can you imagine all the artists of the past decades choosing boycotts over writing songs to make your point. And if you have a point - make it. Don't say you just support or are against SB1070. Say why. Convince people to believe as you do. There are just WAY too many entertainment choices, and new up and coming artists, that are willing to step into the spotlight you are stepping out of. Sorry to be harsh, but artists tend to act emotionally rather than logically and this boycott is wasting the stage...that rather ironically, the fans put you on. So yeah, go ahead and hurt your fans to make your point. Brilliant! Just brilliant. No go look for your guts that you tucked away when you became a star.

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Who needs the old hippie anyway? Bring on some new blood for July 4th!

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I've never been more disappointed in a member of the cast of The Wire before.

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"I also want to do more research about the boycott and its effects because as someone who supports the immigrants rights movement I am not convinced that it is useful to continue to stay away from progressive fans in the state."

Holy shitballs, what novel fucking idea.

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