It’s tradition for the Super Bowl Halftime Show act to hold a press conference on the Wednesday before the big day, but Maroon 5 will not be doing one this year.
The NFL released a statement saying that the band’s halftime show will speak for itself. “Maroon 5 has been working hard on a Pepsi Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show that will meet and exceed the standards of this event,” the statement reads. “As it is about music, the artists will let their show do the talking as they prepare to take the stage this Sunday. Starting with the Pepsi Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show announcement, we began a cross-platform rollout of behind-the-scenes footage and content from each of the halftime performers. Instead of hosting a press conference, this social and digital media rollout will continue through Sunday across our owned and operated media assets as well as through the platforms of the artists.”
The band, joined by the NFL and Interscope Records, plan to make a $500,000 contribution to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America ahead of the performance, following a similar move made by fellow halftime performer Travis Scott, who required the NFL to make a $500,000 contribution to Dream Corps, a non-profit social justice organization.
The press conference’s cancellation came at a time when artists are being criticized for accepting the gig. Colin Kaepernick ripped Travis Scott after the rapper agreed to join Maroon 5 for the performance. And folks on twitter take objection to the NFL’s excuse. Most saw the statement as an excuse to keep Maroon 5 from answering questions about Kaepernick and social issues.
There’s currently a Change.org petition calling for the performers to take a knee during their set. The petition has over 110,000 signatures.
Meanwhile, Maroon 5 are keeping the details of their halftime performance under tight wraps, but Adam Levine and the guys pulled back the curtain a bit in a series of recent behind-the-scenes rehearsal pics. The images of the band working out their set in what looks like a giant warehouse were posted with no commentary other than the hashtag #M53.
Among the images is a short clip with Levine and ATL rapper and OutKast legend Big Boi, who will join the group for the performance along with Travis Scott. “There’s top secret things going out here on the west coast,” Big says in the clip, as Levine puts his finger to his lips. They also posted a recipe for a Maroon 5 Layer Trifle to go with those nachos and wings on Sunday.
The 2019 Super Bowl will take place on Sunday in Atlanta, Georgia.
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