Pop artists Daryl Hall and John Oates have decided to cancel their July 2 concert that was to have taken place after the Diamondbacks game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Neither Hall nor Oates was particularly tickled about new Arizona Senate Bill 1070 and wanted to use this opportunity to show their opposition.
The two mostly irrelevant musicians released the following statement:
"In addition to our personal convictions, we are standing in solidarity with the music community in our boycott of performing in Arizona at this time. We would like to emphasize that this has nothing to do with the management of the Arizona Diamondbacks, who have been professional and cooperative throughout our dealings with them. This is our response to a very specific action of the state."
Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall responded:
"We understand the reasoning behind Daryl Hall and John Oates not wanting to perform in Arizona at this time to solidify themselves with their peers in the music industry. The cancellation of this post-game concert is another example of how controversial this issue is."
Hall declined to comment on the level of his Hall & Oates fandom, perhaps because his shame-platter is full following the D-backs 0-9 road trip.
All the other All-American Weekend events will still take place, such as the Independence Day fireworks show, which is boasted as the largest in Arizona.