Maroon 5 Post Super Bowl Halftime Show Rehearsal Pics
Big Boi makes a cameo in one of the videos.
Maroon 5 are keeping the details of their halftime performance at Sunday's (Feb. 3) Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta 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 rapper Travis Scott. "There's top secret things going out here on the west coast," Big says in the clip, as a silent 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.
Unlike the two previous halftime performers, Justin Timberlake (2018) and Lady Gaga (2017) -- who made a number of TV appearances and promotional clips to hype their Super Bowl sets -- Maroon 5 have not done any press and have only acknowledged that they are appearing at the big game via a short promotional clip released on Jan. 13, the same day that the NFL officially confirmed their participation. That long wait was in contrast to Timberlake and Gaga, whose SB sets were announced on, respectively, Sept. 29, 2016 and Oct. 22, 2017.
Maroon 5 are the subject of a change.org petition asking them to drop out of the gig in solidarity with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his efforts to protest racial inequality in the U.S. by taking a knee; at press time the petition has more than 111,000 signatures. The same petitioner also started a second drive asking all three artists to #TakeAKnee during the performance in honor of Kaepernick's signature protest. The band and the NFL have not responded to requests for comment on the petitions.
Before M5's set was finally confirmed by the league, Scott told Billboard that he would not accept the invitation until the league agreed to join him in donating $500,000 to a social justice cause. Spokespeople for the NFL and headline halftime sponsor Pepsi had not responded to Billboard's request for comment at press time.