The hip-hop ensemble Cypress Hill has canceled its concert at The Rialto Theatre in protest of Arizona’s new immigration legislation law.
Scheduled to play on May 21, Cypress Hill made the announcement on its website Monday.
“In a show of resistance to the criminalization of immigrant communities and in opposition to SB 1070, recently signed into Arizona legislation, Cypress Hill has elected to cancel a performance scheduled in Tucson for May 21, 2010. This decision was made in an effort to show support and solidarity with those, undocumented and otherwise, being directly affected by this unconstitutional ‘law.’ Cypress Hill recognizes those living in the struggle for their basic civil rights. Rise Up!”
Cypress Hill, whose 1993 album “Black Sunday” went triple-platinum due to the phenomenal success of the single “Insane in the Brain,” is the first major act to cancel a Tucson show to protest SB 1070, but it probably won’t be the last.
On Friday, a representative from Los Lobos contacted Hotel Congress booker David Slutes to let him know that the group wouldn’t play at the HoCo Fest in September.
But the band members backtracked after Slutes reminded them that proceeds from HoCo Fest will once again benefit the Asylum Program of Southern Arizona, which provides free legal services to immigrants.
Now Slutes is awaiting a final decision from Los Lobos.