Maroon 5 Cancels North Carolina Concerts

Adam Levine of Maroon 5 performs in 2016
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Adam Levine of Maroon 5 performs on stage during Capital One JamFest at the NCAA March Madness Music Festival Day 3 at Discovery Green on April 3, 2016 in Houston.  

Maroon 5 announced Friday (May 20) that they're canceling their upcoming concerts in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina, due to the state's controversial House Bill 2 legislation.

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A short statement explaining the cancellations was posted on the band's website. "This was a difficult decision for us to make as a band," the statement reads. "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."

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Maroon 5 joins the growing ranks of musicians scratching North Carolina off their tour list to protest the anti-LGBT law, including Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and Nick Jonas. But there are others who are using their performances as protests in themselves, such as Against Me!'s transgender frontwoman Laura Jane Grace, who burned her birth certificate on stage at a show in the state. 

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