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‘The Groover from Vancouver’ has followed The Boss by boycotting a show in protest. Bryan Adams has followed Bruce Springsteen’s lead by cancelling a scheduled show in protest against an ‘incomprehensible’ law that allows businesses in the state of Mississippi to refuse to serve gay people, or any section of society that offends a ‘sincerely held religious belief’.

The star, on tour promoting his new album Get Up!, announced on Sunday that he’s scrapping his show at Biloxi’s Mississippi Coast Coliseum in protest at the ‘Religious Liberty’ bill 1523 being signed into law by the state recently. It allows not only religiously-affiliated organisations but also individuals, state employees and businesses to refuse to serve any other individual who somehow offends a religious sensibility.

Adams, 56, wrote on his social media pages over the weekend that he ‘cannot in good conscience perform in a state where certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their orientation.’ The bill was passed last week and takes effect in law in July 2016.

The rocker continued: ‘Therefore I’m cancelling my 14 April show at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

Using my voice, I stand in solidarity with all my friends to repeal this extremely discriminatory bill. Hopefully Mississippi will right itself and I can come back and perform for all of my many fans. I look forward to that day.’

The stance is similar to that of fellow rock star Bruce Springsteen, who last week announced he was cancelling a show in North Carolina because of a law dictating that transgender individuals must use the public bathrooms to which they were assigned at birth (not the one with which they identify).