Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, who had gave the impression to be avoiding questions on acting at Sunday’s Tremendous Bowl halftime present, stated he “silenced all of the noise and listened to myself” to determine to just accept the controversial gig.
“Nobody thought of it greater than I did,” Levine advised “Leisure Tonight” Thursday in his solely interview earlier than the Tremendous Bowl. “I spoke to many individuals. Most significantly although, I silenced all of the noise and listened to myself, and made my resolution about how I felt.”
The band, which will likely be joined by rappers Large Boi and Travis Scott on the halftime present in Atlanta, has confronted backlash for accepting the gig from followers angered by the NFL’s makes an attempt to stifle gamers protesting racism and police brutality, led by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
The difficulty of gamers kneeling through the nationwide anthem at NFL video games has grow to be a stand-in for bigger cultural divisions. President Donald Trump has often weighed in on the problem in opposition to protesting gamers, utilizing it to stoke a tradition warfare and rally his political base.
Plenty of high-profile artists reportedly turned down invites to carry out on the normally coveted halftime present this 12 months — together with Rihanna and Cardi B — due to their help for Kaepernick.
Maroon 5 and the NFL this week canceled the band’s pre-Tremendous Bowl press convention, a practice for the halftime present performers, in what gave the impression to be an try and keep away from questions in regards to the controversy.
Levine advised “Leisure Tonight” he and the band “anticipated” some controversy, with folks’s “insatiable urge to hate a little bit bit.” He wouldn’t immediately speak in regards to the participant protests, saying the band needs to “communicate via the music” and simply carry out “with out turning into politicians.”
We’re going to do what we carry on doing, hopefully with out turning into politicians and persevering with to make use of the one voice we all know learn how to use correctly. If you look again on each single Tremendous Bowl halftime present, folks simply can’t ― it’s this, like, insatiable urge to hate a little bit bit. I’m not in the fitting career if I can’t deal with a little bit little bit of controversy. It’s what it’s. We anticipated it. We want to transfer on from it, and, like I stated earlier, communicate via the music.