Levine: Maroon 5 hopes to return to NC 'soon' after changes to HB2
Posted May 23, 2016
Raleigh, N.C. — Marron 5 lead singer Adam Levine spoke out Monday night about the group’s decision to skip two concerts in North Carolina.
The pop rock group announced Friday that they would not play a Sept. 11 show in Charlotte or a Sept. 12 show at PNC Arena in protest of House Bill 2.
Speaking on the red carpet ahead of Monday’s episode of The Voice, Levine discussed the decision.
“We don’t like to make statements but like to support everybody being treated equally and if they’re not being treated equally in certain states, then we’ve got to kind of make certain changes,” he said. “Hopefully they will and we’ll be able to go back there soon.”
Following the cancellation of both North Carolina shows, the group on Monday announced a Sept. 10 show in Columbia, South Carolina.
Two other groups recently confirmed that they will keep scheduled North Carolina shows and donate the proceeds to local LGBT causes.
The Dave Matthews Band said they will donate a portion of the proceeds from a May 27 Charlotte show to five groups working for LGBT rights.
The Lumineers said they will honor a Sept. 15 concert date in Cary and donate the proceeds to Equality NC and the Human Rights Campaign.