Maroon 5 are set to perform this Sunday during halftime of the Super Bowl — aka the most-watched television event of the year — and Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier sat down with frontman Adam Levine for an exclusive interview from Atlanta before the band takes the high-profile stage.
During the conversation, Levine opens up about his thoughts on landing the “biggest gig in the game” and what fans can expect from their halftime performance. “The spectacle is the music,” Levine said of halftime. “We just kind of wanted to bring it back to a time when it was a little more simple. … When the highlight, the focus was the connection to the songs.”
But what everyone really wants to know is how Levine is handling all the controversy surround this year’s Super Bowl, given the players, artists and activists who are calling for the NFL to address the country’s many social justice issues during the Big Game. “When you look back on every single Super Bowl halftime show, people just can’t — it’s this, like, insatiable urge to hate a little bit,” Levine says of the negativity. “I’m not in the right profession if I can’t handle a little bit of controversy. It’s what it is. We expected it. We would like to move on from it. And like I said earlier, speak through the music.”
Frazier also asked whether Levine consulted anyone before saying yes to the controversial gig. “I did. I spoke to many people,” he said. “Most importantly though, when I silenced all the noise, [I] listened to myself and made my decision and made my decision based on what I thought about it all. No one thought about it more than I did. No one put more thought and love into this decision than I did.”
ET is the only outlet to talk with Levine about the halftime show so far, since the NFL announced Tuesday that Maroon 5 had canceled the typical pre-Super Bowl press conference.
Watch two clips from the Entertainment Tonight conversation with Levine below:
— Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) February 1, 2019