Friday, May 18, 2012

Concert Review: Maroon 5 Open Tour At The MGM Grand Theatre At Foxwoods

The theme of the evening was quality not quantity as pop-rock superstars Maroon 5 began their 2012 tour at the MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods last Thursday night. Fans of all ages, mostly female, filed into their seats for an unusual early 7:00pm start to the show. The Voice’s Season 1 winner, and Connecticut native, Javier Colon started off the evening with a quick thirty minute set of covers and originals. Colon was very talkative with the audience and seemed very comfortable onstage in the spotlight. The crowd seemed to give Colon a very warm reception as fans waited patiently for the main attraction.

As the lights went down, the first few rows of fans rushed to the stage to be as close as possible to the band and mainly front-man Adam Levine. The band kicked it into high-gear early with “This Love” and “Harder To Breathe” as the screams from the audience were defining at times. Like I said before the quality of the songs and the performance were outstanding, but the main set of eleven songs lasted less than one hour. The biggest hits of the evening were found at the end of their set as Maroon 5 performed their brand-new single “Payphone.” The guitars of Levine and James Valentine blazed a path through “Wake Up Call” before finishing the set with “Sweetest Goodbye.” Much of the setlist touched upon the group’s first album, “Songs About Jane” as the album approaches its 10th anniversary. Maroon 5 were high energy which reflected off the audience as the paid-back the favor by singing and dancing to every song performed.

After a brief intermission, Maroon 5 raised the bar, and sound levels by performing three of the band’s biggest and most-well known songs. As soon as the keyboards and guitar locked in for “Moves Like Jagger,” the theatre turned into one giant dance floor as everyone was on their feet, infected by the groove to move. Next up was a song off their platinum selling album of the same title, “Hand All Over.” The show closed with Levine interacting with the audience during a sing-along of the chorus of “She Will Be Loved.”

As the band took their final bow of the evening, the night was still young as the time of 9:15pm shown on the clock. While the quantity of songs seemed to have run out, the quality, showmanship and energy that Maroon 5 put into their performance is why they are becoming the “must see” band of the summer.

Setlist: This Love, Harder To Breathe, Sunday Morning, If I Never See Your Face Again, Misery, Makes Me Wonder, Tangled, Won’t Go Home Without You, Payphone, Wake Up Call, Sweetest Goodbye
(encore) Moves Like Jagger, Hands All Over, She Will Be Loved

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