Elvis Costello cancels Pittsburgh show in solidarity with strike

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 20, 2016 12:09 PM

Musician Elvis Costello performs during PEN New England's Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award ceremonies at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

(Pittsburgh) -- Elvis Costello is canceling his upcoming show in Pittsburgh in solidarity with striking Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians. 

In a statement, he says his November 1 show at the Heinz Hall cannot go on because he is unwilling to cross the picket line. 

He asks his fans for their understanding and to "support live music wherever it is heard.'' 

The orchestra has canceled all concerts through November 18, after the musicians went on strike September 30. 

The musicians are objecting to a 15 percent pay cut and other concessions management says are necessary to keep the symphony solvent in the face of more than $20 million in debt over the next five years.

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