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Maroon 5 cancels NC shows, citing House Bill 2

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Citing North Carolina's House Bill 2, pop rock band Maroon 5 has canceled its two shows in the state, the band said on its website Friday.

The band was scheduled to play a show at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte on Sept. 11 and another at PNC Arena in Raleigh on Sept. 12.

"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," the band wrote on its web 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."

HB 2, among other things, requires people to use restrooms that correspond to their gender at birth.

Maroon 5 is the latest in a string of artists to cancel North Carolina performances over HB2, including Bruce Springsteen, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas and Pearl Jam.