*Cypress Hill, Pitbull and other acts of Latin descent have cancelled upcoming concerts in Arizona to protest the controversial new immigration enforcement law.
Scheduled to take effect in late July, the new law requires local authorities to determine a person’s immigration status if he or she is suspected of being undocumented.
Regional Mexican music acts Conjunto Primavera and Espinoza Paz have also canceled their previously-announced Phoenix concerts, while their fellow Latin music stars Jenni Rivera and Wisin & Yandel will be skipping the state on their AEG Live-promoted summer tours.
Pitbull’s cancellation of his May 31 concert in Phoenix was the first such move by an artist on tour with AEG Live.
“My personal belief is that the law, which is misguided and poorly written, is unconstitutional and will not survive the multiple legal challenges being filed,” AEG Live president/CEO Randy Phillips says. “Until that time, however, the economic impact on the state from losing even a couple of tours might be enough for the legislature and the governor to realize that there is still a political concept called the tyranny of the majority which is just as dangerous to our democracy as illegal immigration, maybe more so.”
Tucson’s La Caliente 102.1 FM (KCMT) canceled its annual Tusa festival before tickets went on sale. The June 6 show was to have featured some of the biggest names in regional Mexican music, including La Arrolladora Banda el Limon, Banda MS, K-Paz de la Sierra and Julion Alvarez. The station is trying re-book the artists for its annual anniversary concert in the fall.