After the NFL canceled Maroon 5‘s pre-Super Bowl press conference, lead singer Adam Levine spoke with Entertainment Tonight‘s Kevin Frazier about the gig. Adam said their performance will, in some way, address the controversy that’s surrounded the band’s performance, in light of protests over how the NFL has handled quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other players kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality.
When Frazier asked Adam, “What do you say to the folks who say that they just wanna be heard?” Adam replied, “They will be. That’s all I wanna say because I don’t wanna spoil anything. But I’ve never been more excited in my entire life to present this to the people, because I believe that it’s truly a reflection of all of us.”
“I like to think that people know where I stand as a human being after two decades doing this,” Adam added. “So, what I would say is, we are going to do what we keep on doing — hopefully without becoming politicians — to make people understand, ‘We got you.’”
“No one thought about it more than I did. No one put more thought and love into this than I did,” Adam insisted. Though he admitted he consulted with others about accepting the gig, ultimately, he said, “When I silenced all the noise, [I] listened to myself, and made my decision based upon how I felt.”
After “a lot of introspection,” Adam said, “I thought to myself, ‘…What’s the best way for the band to express themselves? How are we going to do it…? What do we owe ourselves, what do we owe the people?’”
“And I am beyond proud of the finished product,” Adam concluded.
Tune in Sunday to see Maroon 5’s Super Bowl halftime performance on CBS.
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