Saturday, February 23, 2013

Concert Review: Maroon 5 Exposes Mohegan Sun To Their Hits

American pop/rock band Maroon 5's success has grown bigger with each new album they release. Their latest album, "Overexposed" debuted at #2 on the Billboard album chart and has already gone platinum after only 8 months. The band set out on their "Overexposed" tour last August and are finally hitting North America this month, including a stop last Friday at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Maroon 5 lead singer, Adam Levine stated that this venue is one of the "best kept secrets" in the music industry as far as fan support and the arena packed with fans did not disprove that thought.
 
As the lights went out, the sound of a dialing telephone was barely heard amongst the screams of thousands of female fans. The band wasted no time, cruising through the new songs, "Payphone" and "Lucky Strike," before slowing the tempo down for the jazzy-flavor of "Sunday Morning." The "M" shaped stage was as impressive as Levine's dance-movements as he shared time on both sides of the stage to the delight of the audience. Forty-foot screens turned the arena into whatever setting the song called for, like a starry sky during "Won't Go Home Without You" or shooting flames during "Harder To Breathe."
 
Older hit songs like "Wake Up Call" and "Misery" received big applause as Levine and the audience sang back and forth to the song's choruses. The set finished with Levine and lead guitarist James Valentine sharing guitar licks during the finale of "This Love" as the band quickly exited the stage.
 
The encore began with a large metal bridge being lowered to the stage in order for Levine to make his was to a small stage located in the middle of the arena. Beginning with a cover of Gym Class Heroes' "Stereo Hearts," the energy was definitely pumping as all eyes were on Levine performing solo on the satellite stage. Maroon 5 continued with their most recent single, "Daylight," before heading into the band's 2004 hit single, "She Will Be Loved," which featured a sing-along conducted by Levine from up on top the bridge. The night concluded with "Moves Like Jagger" as glittery, confetti covered the stage and audience, much to the delight of all in attendance.
 
Electronic/pop band, Owl City began the night with a thirty minute set. They lit up the arena with cell phones during "Fireflies," before ending with their pumped up hit song, "Good Time." Alternative rock band, Neon Trees followed with their quick five-song set which included the hit single "Animal" and a cover of Human League's "Don't You Want Me." They really got the energy flowing for headliners Maroon 5 with their closing song "Everybody Talks."
 
Setlist: Payphone, Makes Me Wonder, Lucky Strike, Sunday Morning, If I Never See Your Face Again, Wipe Your Eyes, Won't Go Home Without You, Love Somebody, Harder To Breathe, Wake Up Call, One More Night, Misery, This Love
 
Encore: Stereo Hearts, Daylight, She Will Be Loved, Moves Like Jagger

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