Maroon 5 cancels NC concerts over HB2

Adam Levine of Maroon 5 performs at the 2015 We Can Survive Concert at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Maroon 5 announced Friday that it was canceling it’s two concerts in North Carolina this September.

In a statement issued on it’s website and social media sites, Maroon 5 said, “We have announced that we will be canceling our upcoming shows in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina because of the recent passage of the HB2 legislation. This was a difficult decision for us to make as a band. 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 AS WE FEEL EVERYONE SHOULD BE TREATED EQUALLY.”

The band was scheduled to play at PNC Arena on Sept. 12. Tickets will be refunded.

Gov. Pat McCrory’s campaign spokesman Ricky Diaz issued a statement after the band announced they wouldn’t play in North Carolina.

Hundreds of concerts have been successfully performed across North Carolina, including Beyoncé, over the past few weeks since the law passed. We may never know why Maroon 5 waited until weeks later to make their political statement, but at this point, 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.”

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