Bryan Adams cancels but woman with ticket in second row understands

Patricia Jimena Garcia would have been almost this close to Bryan Adams in Biloxi.
Patricia Jimena Garcia would have been almost this close to Bryan Adams in Biloxi. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Sunday, she had a ticket for a seat in the center of the second row to see one of her favorite rockers.

Monday, Bryan Adams canceled his Thursday show at the Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, leaving Patricia Jimena Garcia "a little sad" but understanding, because she, too believes Mississippi's "religious freedom" bill is outrageous.

"I've been a fan of him for more than 25 years, been to a few concerts in NY and FL last summer," she wrote in a Facebook message. "I bought the ticket as a birthday present to myself, since it's this coming Sunday. "

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She said there are many things she likes about Adams, who became a big dead in 1983 when the album "Cuts Like a Knife" put three songs in the Billboard Hot 100. Garcia found his music in the early 1990s when she was a teenager.

"I don't remember what song of his I heard first, but I know that for the first time I did, I was hooked!" She wrote. "There was something about his voice that lifted me up. I was a teenager then and, as a point of reference, I grew up in South America so it took a couple of years when I got the chance to see him on the TV! Lol"

Garcia grew up in Montevideo, Uruguay, and came to the United States in 2003, then Baton Rouge in 2009 when she married a Louisianan

She said she supports his decision.

"I am not disappointed. I was a little sad last night when the news about the show being cancelled but at the same time, I totally understand why he did it and I support his decision," she wrote. "It makes sense.

"My opinion about the anti-LGBT law that was passed is that it is outrageous. It's heartbreaking that this had happened, that still people is being classified due to their sexual orientation. Everybody should be free to be who they are without having anybody pointing fingers at anybody or having to explain yourself.

"I believe in equality, regardless of religion, sexual orientation, political view or color of the skin. I am straight but I have a few gay/lesbian friends and I know from them that society hasn't accepted them as equals."

Mississippi's law hasn't soured her on the South nor Mississippi.

"I have to admit that I love it here," she wrote. "I've been in Mississippi a few times, mostly to the beach during the summer and yes, I would like to come back."

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