Maroon 5 cancels Charlotte, Raleigh shows in protest of H.B. 2

Rev. Susan Rogers of Bahama and Rev. Dale Osborne of Chapel Hill take part in a sit-inat the North Carolina General Assembly Building in Raleighon April 25in protest of House Bill 2. Opponents and proponents of HB2 gathered at separate rallies on the first day of the NC legislative short session. The North State Journal | Madeline Gray

Pop band Maroon 5 announced Friday they were canceling their shows in Charlotte and Raleigh in protest of House Bill 2, the controversial “bathroom bill” legislation that has made national news and led to several protests and events pulling out of North Carolina.

“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,” Maroon 5 said in a statement on their site. “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.”

Maroon 5 joins Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Cirque du Soleil, Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas, and others as major arena acts who have canceled their shows in the state in protest of H.B. 2.