There are certain bands that always seem to be around, you hear their songs, you sing along with them when the song is played on the radio, and yet you don’t think that you’re a big fan. Maroon 5 has consistently released hit single after hit single, and yet, after seeing them live at the Jones Beach Theater one might find themselves surprised and just a little flabbergasted about just how good the band truly is.
Fronted by Adam Levine, Maroon 5 has become one of the biggest bands in music, which is why it is surprising that they are playing a smaller venue like the Nikon at Jones Beach rather than another larger one, but that confusion was to the luck of fans, who packed the venue on the beautiful evening to hear them play about two hours of hits.
If there were anything to complain about it’s that the stars of the show didn’t reach the stage until 9:30 and that the opening act, Owl City, had played for too long. Although Fireflies is a fun song to sing along too, his set was far too long, that by the time he performed his hit single, you just wanted him to leave the stage and make way for Adam and crew.
Finally the band blasted on stage with their current hit single Misery, a lively song that had the crowd pumped and singing along from the very beginning. From there the hits just kept on coming as the band performed favorites like If I Never See Your Face Again, which is just as good even when Rihanna is not assisting, SheWill Be Loved, a lovely ballad on record, made even lovelier live, especially when it’s turned into a group participation song towards the end, as well as equally beautiful ballads The Sun, Sunday Morning and the Secret (Adam’s self-confessed sexy song). They also performed new songs from their soon-to-be released album, including the standout Stutter, which was a great dance song.
What makes Maroon 5 work so well is Adam Levine, who is equal parts good looking, entertaining and insanely talented. When he performed a cover of Alicia Key’s If I Ain’t Got You, he showed off not only his charisma but the falsetto that has made him a music superstar.
The standout moments of the concert came from some of the band’s biggest songs. Harder to Breathe sounds even more loud, rocking and angry live than it does on record. Wake Up Call is the perfect song to sing along too, a big song with a great build-up to the chorus, a true stadium-song. Won’t Go Home Without You is probably the bands best slower song and the group performed it so well at the end of the night.
And the show is not just all about Adam; of course, there are four equally talented people by his side, including Jesse Carmichael, Matt Flyyn, Mickey Madden and James Valentine. The rest of the band rocked out all night to the delight of the crowd. They kept the energy up and emerged as so much more than a band, they were stars as well. They really showed off their talents on songs like the previously mention Harder to Breathe, and Makes Me Wonder, where the music truly enhances the song and makes it even better.
Every band/artist has that one song, though, the one song that the entire stadium, no matter which stadium it is, knows. The one song that gets everyone up on their feet; the one song that is impossible not to sing along too, and for Maroon 5 that song is This Love. When they played that song, before leaving the stage, the energy in the crowd was palpable. Their signature song is their best, and when performed live it has an even better sound and spirit.
Maroon 5 has had an amazing career thus far, and there are hopefully only good things for them in the future. The show they put on at Jones Beach on August 11th proved that they are the real deal, and that they are, thankfully, here to stay.