Maroon 5: North Carolina shows canceled to protest anti-LGBT HB2
Maroon 5 are the latest band to cancel shows in North Carolina because of the state’s anti-LGBT bill.
“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 band said in a statement on their website. “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.”
HB2, part of a string of “bathroom bills” across the country, works to block transgender individuals from using the public bathrooms that match their gender identities. It also limits LGBT protections regarding employment and equal pay.
Bruce Springsteen, Demi Lovato, and Nick Jonas are some of the other musicians who’ve canceled concert stops in the state in protest of the bill, while Cyndi Lauper and Mumford and Sons decided to donate profits from their N.C. performances to LGBT charities. Beyoncé also performed in the state, though she later released a statement applauding the organizations fighting HB2.
Maroon 5 are next scheduled to hit up Portugal’s Rock in Rio festival on May 28 and will end their current tour Oct. 16 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.