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Maroon 5, which boycotted N.C. due to HB2, announces return to Charlotte in 2018

Adam Levine of Maroon 5 performs at the 2015 We Can Survive Concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
Adam Levine of Maroon 5 performs at the 2015 We Can Survive Concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Rich Fury/Invision/AP

Maroon 5 is officially cool with North Carolina again.

Almost a year and a half after the pop-rock band canceled concerts in Charlotte and Raleigh to protest the state’s controversial House Bill 2, Adam Levine & Co. announced Thursday morning that it will play a show at Spectrum Center next Oct. 4.

The Charlotte show (for now, at least) is Maroon 5’s only scheduled show in the Carolinas in 2018.

It’ll be the band’s first concert in Charlotte since Sept. 11, 2013, when it co-headlined at the former Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre with Kelly Clarkson.

In May 2016, Maroon 5 joined a then-growing list of big-name acts – including Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas and Cirque du Soleil – who canceled shows in North Carolina to protest HB2, which was widely seen as anti-LGBT. (The 2016 concerts were scheduled to take place Sept. 11 at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte and Sept. 12 at PNC Arena in Raleigh.)

At the time, the band wrote in a statement: “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.”

Three days later, it booked a show at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, S.C.

Last March, HB2 was repealed.

Maroon 5’s 2018 tour will be in support of its new studio album “Red Pill Blues,” which is set to be released on Nov. 3. They’ve already released three singles from the album: “Don’t Wanna Know” (featuring Kendrick Lamar), “Cold” (featuring Future) and “What Lovers Do” (featuring SZA).

Lead singer Adam Levine, of course, can currently be seen on NBC reality singing competition “The Voice.”

Tickets for the Charlotte concert – and any other show on the tour, which starts in Tacoma, Wash., on May 30 – will go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 4 at,, the Spectrum Center box office and by phone (800-745-3000). American Express cardmembers will have access to a presale that runs from noon Monday to 10 p.m. Nov. 3.

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