Maroon 5 Cancels Two September Dates In North Carolina To Protest Anti-Gay Bill
May 20, 2016 at 12:26 PM (PT)
MAROON 5 have CAROLINA on their mind, but not on their touring itinerary.
The band has canceled two shows a the TIME WARNER CABLE ARENA in CHARLOTTE (SEPTEMBER 11th) and at the PNC ARENA in RALEIGH (SEPTEMBER 12th) due to the recent passage of the state's controversial anti-LGBT law HB2, following in the footsteps of BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN (NET NEWS 4/8), BOSTON, PEARL JAM, RINGO STARR and BRYAN ADAMS.
"This was a difficult decision for us to make as a band," the group said on their 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. We feel everyone should be treated equally."
The cancelation drew criticism from the state's governor PAT McCRORY. "Hundreds of concerts have been successfully performed across NORTH CAROLINA, including BEYONCE, over the past few weeks since the law passed," a spokesman for the governor said.
"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," the spokesman said.
Companies like PAY PAL have already canceled plans to set up a global operations center in the state.