You can now add pop band Maroon 5 to the slew of musicians and bands to cancel concerts in response to North Carolina’s anti-LGBTQ bill, HB2, which states individuals must use bathrooms of the gender on their birth certificate in schools and government buildings.
The band make the announcement that they would cancel two shows, one in Raleigh, and one in Charlotte in September on their website late last week.
”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,” the band posted on their site.
Maroon 5 is just the latest band to come out against the state’s law. Pearl Jam, Boston, Bruce Springsteen, Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas, have all canceled concerts in the state.
While there had been rumors that about 700 jobs were coming to RVA because of NC’s HB 2, new documents FOIA’d by the The Charlotte Observer show the city and the real estate company fought over the discriminatory law. “It is my understanding that we lost the project. I have selected the following reason for this status change: [...]