Maroon 5 joins a string of artists and entertainers who have cancelled shows in the state of North Carolina following the passage of an anti-LGBT law.
The band has cancelled their upcoming shows in Charlotte and Raleigh due to what they feel is a morally corrupt law. “This was a difficult decision for us to make as a band,”; the band wrote in a post on their official website. “We don’t want to penalize our fans in North Carolina by not performing for them, but in the end it comes down to what we feel is morally right.
Maroon 5 was set to perform on September 11 at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte and at PNC Arena in Raleigh on September 12.
North Carolina Governor Pat McCroy responded to the announcement with the following statement: “The only people they are hurting by hypocritically targeting North Carolina for selective outrage are their fans and the hardworking men and women servicing these shows while they keep tour dates overseas — even in Russia,”; his spokesperson said on Friday.
North Carolina’s HB2 Law requires that individuals use the bathroom in accordance with their gender listed on their birth certificate.
Maroon 5 joins Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Pearl Jam, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, and Ringo Starr in cancelling their shows in the state.