Maroon 5 Still on Sound Strike, Publicist Says Phoenix Show Announcement was a "Mistake"

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Maroon 5 is still participating in The Sound Strike and will not play Phoenix on September 17 as announced earlier today.

"There is no date in AZ I was given the wrong info for our release and it was a mistake," says the band's publicist, Carleen Donovan of Press Here Publicity.

Asked whether there will be a later announcement of Arizona shows Donovan, part of a firm representing more than its fair share of boycotters, said simply, "There will not be." 

However you slice it, this is a major victory for Sound Strike, a group formed after Arizona's extremist state legislature passed a law mandating racial profiling of suspected undocumented migrants last year. The law was blocked by courts before it could take effect -- much like an "eerily similar" California law, Prop 187 -- but the boycott continues, much to the apparent surprise of acts like My Chemical Romance and Steve Earle who also announced Arizona shows by "mistake" then backed out of them.

I can't speak for anyone else, but I never thought something like this would happen.

Whatever you think of their methods (I oppose both the boycott and the law that prompted it) the Sound Strike coalition deserves credit for maintaining their momentum long after the main catalyst for their movement was made moot by courts.

I never thought a show this large sponsored by one of the nation's promotion titans would be axed, and have previously argued that mostly small shows have been affected. That was obviously an underestimation, and I have been proved wrong. Clearly, at least one very large show has now fallen to the boycott.

Congrats to the Sound Strike on this one...

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stop racism
stop racism

Yay Maroon 5! Arizona voted for Brewer, they wanted SB1070.

Anon
Anon

i think sb 1070 is completely wrong, but now that i know it is keeping bands like maroon 5 out of my state, i may reconsider...

Big Bob
Big Bob

"Wait, what? Strike? Oh yeah, the strike against that one thing. Wait, it didn't go through? Um, yeah, welllll... ...who's on that list again?"

Schadenfriend
Schadenfriend

Thank you, Sound Strike, for keeping acts like Maroon 5 and My Chemical Romance out of Arizona.

Ryanbeck84
Ryanbeck84

Did anyone know they played a private show for Best Buy employees here in Phoenix last september? It was at the Phoenix Convention Center... where was the boycott then?

Mesaguy1965
Mesaguy1965

Fortunately boycotts work two ways. As the father of two teenage girls we've discussed the boycott at great lenght. While we may not agree with sb1070 we have agreed that the boycott hurts many of the same people that the boycott is trying to help. The hotel industry,food service, venue employees are affected by the boycott. We have decided to boycott the bands that are on the soundstrike list, but in reviewing the list other than 4 or 5 artists, we were left scratching our heads since we have never heard of these bands. Nine Inch Nails has disbanded. If Joe Satriani starts touring this year with Chickenfoot I'm interested to see if that holds.In all we removed 5 cd's from our house and deleted the music from our ipods. Not a big impact, but it's a start.

turnthisthinup
turnthisthinup

yeah, weird how the boycott goes out the window for a $350K payday...

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