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Maroon 5 cancels North Carolina over HB2

Adam Levine of Maroon 5
Adam Levine of Maroon 5 Rich Fury/Invision/AP

Maroon 5 is the latest musical act to cancel North Carolina over the state’s controversial House Bill 2.

The popular pop-rock band was scheduled to play two North Carolina shows, including Sept. 12 at Raleigh’s PNC Arena. It announced the cancellations with a statement calling the decision “difficult” but “what we feel is morally right.”

“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,” the statement read. “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.”

Ricky Diaz, campaign spokesman for Gov. Pat McCrory, issued a statement in response.

“Hundreds of concerts have been successfully performed across North Carolina, including Beyoncé, over the past few weeks since the law passed,” the statement said. “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.”

Refunds will be available at point of purchase. Maroon 5 is this week’s second major cancellation announcement after violinist Itzhak Perlman, who was to perform Wednesday in Raleigh with the N.C. Symphony.

They join a lengthening list of HB2-related cancellations that includes Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Ringo Starr, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Ani DiFranco and Cirque du Soleil.

David Menconi: 919-829-4759, @NCDavidMenconi

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