Three pop-rock acts - Maroon 5, Owl City and Neon Trees - entertained a sold-out Value City Arena on Valentine's Day eve. About 17,000 people filled the arena last night, the opening date of a 31-stop North American tour for Maroon 5.
Three pop-rock acts — Maroon 5, Owl City and Neon Trees — entertained a sold-out Value City Arena on Valentine’s Day eve. About 17,000 people filled the arena last night, the opening date of a 31-stop North American tour for Maroon 5.
“This is the first time we’ve ever sold out an arena all the way through,” said lead singer Adam Levine to the audience of mostly young girls who screamed of their love for him and a wish for him to disrobe.
Maroon 5, a Grammy-winning group from Los Angeles that’s been around since 2001, has sold 10 million albums in the United States and is immensely popular for their catchy songs and the fact that Levine is a judge/coach on the television series The Voice. Yet behind his good looks and tattoos, there’s a talented band that makes irresistibly catchy music with a good groove and clever lyrics trafficking in the vicissitudes of romantic love.
The stage was way cool, shaped like the band’s MV logo. And during the band’s encore, a bridge was lowered to a small secondary stage in the middle of the arena. Levine and lead guitarist James Valentine strolled out for an acoustic version of She Will Be Loved.
Thankfully, Maroon 5 rocked harder in concert than they do on record, thanks to Valentine, Mickey Madden (bass), Matt Flynn (drums), P.J. Morton (keyboards, backing vocals) and Sam Farrar (guitars, vocals, turntables). When not thanking them, Levine got the crowd to sing along and squeal whenever he strutted or rolled up the sleeves of his T-shirt.
For more than 90 minutes and 18 songs, the show was an amped-up library of Maroon 5’s best, starting with Payphone (featuring a rap from Wiz Khalifa on the video screen), Makes Me Wonder (the band’s first chart-topper in 2007), Sunday Morning, If I Never See Your Face, Won’t Go Home Without You, Harder to Breathe, Wake Up Call, an overlong version of One More Night, Misery, This Love, Stereo Hearts and, lastly, Moves Like Jagger.
Neon Trees, a band out of Provo, Utah, was the middle act. Singer Tyler Glenn had white hair and sang a bit like Billy Idol. Neon Trees were fun on their hits Animal and Everybody Talks, but their best moment came when Glenn and drummer Elaine Bradley covered The Human League’s Don’t You Want Me.
Owl City, led by singer-instrumentalist Adam Young, opened. Their half-hour set included the smashes Fireflies and Good Time, with Breanne Duren singing Carly Rae Jepsen’s part.