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Maroon 5 “can neither confirm nor deny” Super Bowl rumors

As of right now, Maroon 5's Super Bowl performance is just a "rumor."

November 17, 2018
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Yesterday on The Ellen Degeneres Show, Adam Levine spoke about the “rumors” that his band, Maroon 5, will headline the forthcoming Super Bowl halftime show.

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When asked about the performance by host Ellen Degeneres, Levine jokingly responded, “What the hell are you talking about?”

“It’s a rumor,” he continued. “I can neither confirm nor deny the truth of this rumor. It’s definitely a rumor. And the rumor is a rumor that everyone seems to be discussing.”

In September of this year, several sources confirmed Maroon 5 will headline the Super Bowl LIII Halftime show in Atlanta, Georgia Feb. 3, 2019.

Following the “confirmations,” the NFL issued a statement, reading: “It’s a Super Bowl tradition to speculate about the performers for the Pepsi Halftime Show. We are continuing to work with [longtime sponsor] Pepsi on our plans but do not have any announcements to make on what will be another epic show.”

While Levine neither confirmed nor denied, he made several hints alluding that Maroon 5 would obtain the coveted set.

“If it were me, I’d be excited, I’d be nervous,” he stated. “It’s like a billion, gajillion, bazillion people, and so if I were doing it, which can’t confirm or deny … I just can’t wait to watch.”

If Maroon 5 perform, it would be the band’s first Super Bowl appearance. Last year’s show saw Justin Timberlake headline for the second time, and Lady Gaga was featured in 2017.

Maroon 5 Super Bowl Petition

While Maroon 5 have yet to confirm their performance, it didn’t stop immediate backlash including a petition that has since garnered 40,000 signatures. Even Rihanna spoke up, stating she turned down the same offer in support of Colin Kaepernick.

A user launched the petition a few weeks ago. Within one week, it reached 20,000 signatures. A week later, that total doubled.

Do you think Maroon 5 will be headlining the Super Bowl? Sound off in the comments!

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Written by Kaitlyn Ulrich

Kaitlyn is a weekend writer at Altpress and a massive post-hardcore enthusiast. When she's not still blubbering over Chiodos' breakup or the end of Warped Tour, she's jamming to the likes of Dance Gavin Dance and Pierce The Veil. Always eager to search out new music and upcoming bands, Kaitlyn loves going to local shows. You'll probably find her snapping shots from the pit and cursing the red stage lights—b/c why are those even a thing?!