Published on : Saturday, May 21, 2016
Everyone who has tickets to the upcoming Maroon 5 concerts in North Carolina, will have to be gravely disappointed. The well known pop band had called off two upcoming concerts in the protest against the recent anti-LGBT law of the state.
The two shows were scheduled to be held on 11th September’16 at Time Warner Cable Arena (Charlotte) and on 12th September’16 at PNC Arena (Raleigh). Fans, who bought tickets to either of the two shows, will be refunded shortly. If you are planning to visit the state only for the concert, you must rethink.
The band gave their statement on their own website stating, “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. We feel everyone should be treated equally.”
Maroon 5 is not the only rock band or artist to cancel their shows in North Carolina, after the recent law HB2 passed in March. It asks individuals to use bathrooms in schools and government buildings, as per the gender mentioned in their birth certificate. As the state started implementing the laws, several other concerts got cancelled. Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato and Cirque du Soleil dropped all their concerts in North Carolina after March.
North Carolina Governor, Pat McCrocy’s spokesman commented, “Hundreds of concerts have been successfully performed across North Carolina, including Beyoncé, over the past few weeks since the law passed.”
As it seems, the anti-LGBT law in North Carolina, can give their tourism industry a jolt if they do not withdraw it soon enough. Apart from the celebrities, the LGBT tourists will be abandoning the state as a tourist attraction very soon as their laws are getting more and more insensitive every day.