hmv reviews… Maroon 5 @ London’s O2 Arena
Pop rockers Maroon 5 were originally scheduled to tour the UK in June of last year, but were forced to move their dates back due to scheduling conflicts. This meant that until the band stepped out onto the stage in Birmingham earlier this week, they hadn’t actually toured the UK for over three years.
These shows were once booked to be smack bang in the middle of their worldwide jaunt in support of their fourth studio album Overexposed, but, with the delay, the dates have wound up being the last run of the tour before they disappear back into the studio.
At the time of the postponement Adam Levine and co promised to come back to the UK with a special show and go out with a bang. Well, hmv caught the band’s first night of two at London’s O2 Arena last night (January 10), let's see if they kept their promise...
So who was playing?
Maroon 5, you know, the band that did 'Moves Like Jagger'.
Course, with you now, so was it full?
Almost completely. There were a few spare seats here and there at the O2, but it was mostly packed to the rafters.
What was the support like?
PJ Morton (who doubles as Maroon 5’s keyboard player) opened the show with his polite and considered r’n’b, which was nice enough. He was followed by Robin Thicke, who fell a little flat. He played a 50-minute set to an arena that was still filling up, and, despite his best efforts, much of his country-tinged r’n’b became background music. Then he played ‘Blurred Lines’ and everyone went mental. You don’t sell 10 million copies of a single by accident...
Did they put on much of a show?
They certainly did. Despite a fairly low key start (no intro music, which is pretty rare for an arena show), the band played in front of a ginormous video wall and brought out lasers and confetti cannons later on. Their set contained 19 songs all in all, a nice 90 minute duration.
Did they do any covers?
A couple actually. They busted out a cover of Prince’s ‘I Wanna Be Your Lover’ at the tail end of their own track ‘Sunday Morning’ and later did a full-on, funked-up cover of Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’. The band performed a version of Gym Class Heroes’ ‘Stereo Hearts’, but as singer Adam Levine sings vocals on that song anyway we’re not sure it really counts as a cover.
Was there any quality stage banter?
Levine is a very charismatic and charming frontman, full of showmanship and clearly full of confidence at the moment. He’s not the most talkative of frontmen, but did produce a couple of quality quips when a fan threw a bag of sour gummy cola bottles onstage. They’re his favourites apparently…
What was the set highlight?
There were quite a few. ‘Tangled’ was electric, ‘Misery’ was flawless and ‘Moves Like Jagger’ had everyone on their feet. The ultimate highlight? ‘Harder To Breathe’, it was at once spiky and smooth and got everyone going. That was when the gig really came to life.
So where else are they playing?
They’re back at the O2 tonight, then in Manchester on Monday (January 13), Glasgow on Tuesday (January 14) and Dublin on Thursday (January 16).
Would you recommend it?
Without a doubt. In time they’ve been away they’ve grown into fully fledged arena headliners with a back catalogue worthy of such stages. Plus, if recent years are anything to go by, they won’t be back for a while...
You can preview/download Maroon 5's Overexposed by clicking on the logo on the right hand side of the page.