This was hands down the best concert I’ve ever been to (next to Destiny’s Child, of course). It was my first “rock concert”; if you can classify Maroon 5 as such, which is one of the band’s strong points- they almost CAN’T be classified as their sound is a well-blended one, using elements of rock, R&B and pop, among others. They didn’t fail to show their eclectic taste during their show, as they incorporated Alicia Keys and Tina Turner hits into their own. Unlike many other artists, Maroon 5 changed the musical arrangements to most of their songs, instead of playing the songs exactly as they are on the record. The arrangements were energetic, creative and left you desiring a live album. Not knowing much about the members of the band, I was impressed at their musicianship (by the way, all of the members play an instrument) and their vocal abilities (they harmonize soooooooooooooo well together; it was pretty darn sexy lol). They didn’t spare their instruments as they made an epic rock-out session out of every song. They were well received; the audience stood to their feet for ovations frequently and the roaring demand for an encore was searing (and very cool). They interacted well with the audience, using tongue-in-cheek humor and sing-along-sessions (front-man Adam Levine successfully got the audience to sing in 3-part harmony for “She Will Be Loved”-also very cool). My throat was beyond sore from screaming and I had a smile on my face for at least a week afterward. I would recommend seeing Maroon 5 live to anyone, even if they’ve never heard of them. I left wanting to buy all of their albums and do my research.
U.K. sprung artist V.V. Brown and “American Idol” Season 8 winner Kris Allen opened up for the band, putting on equally diverse-sounding shows. I thoroughly enjoyed Allen’s cover of Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror,” and V.V.’s relaxed, friendly and uninhibited stage demeanor.