Maroon 5, citing morality, cancels North Carolina concerts

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Singer Adam Levine of Maroon 5 performs "Lost Stars" from "Begin Again" onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The pop group Maroon 5 has joined the list of entertainers canceling appearances in North Carolina because of the passage of legislation that denies anti-discrimination protections and dictates which restrooms transgender people can use.

The members said they won’t appear Sept. 11 at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte or Sept. 12 at PNC Arena in Raleigh. The band announced on its website Friday that its members feel canceling “is morally right as we feel everyone should be treated equally.”

Other major performers pulling out of North Carolina include Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Pearl Jam, Itzhak Perlman and Ringo Starr.

Maroon 5 is led by Adam Levine, who doubles as a celebrity musician-coach on NBC’s “The Voice.”