Last Night: Maroon 5 at Toyota Center

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Photo courtesy of Terry Richardson PR
Maroon 5's management saw fit to not approve photography Tuesday, but was kind enough to send over this publicity shot. Thanks, guys.
Maroon 5
Toyota Center
March 19, 2013

So let's get this strait, er, straight. I wouldn't have covered Maroon 5, or Adam Levine and The Maroon Street Band on Tuesday night at the Toyota Center had it not been for my Adam Levine-loving girlfriend insisting we take leave of our weekday home life.

It was her love of Levine that drove me to Galveston a few years back to see the 5 play on a stage outside a ship to promote a new cruise liner.

But goddamn if, after two helpings, I don't find the band appealing now. I don't even mind that said girlfriend virtually forgot my name or that I was even at the concert once Levine and company opened up with "Payphone." I did kinda chuckle when his arm got sliced off on American Horror Story, in a self-aware hipster way.

By the way, what's a millionaire like Dreamboat here worrying about a payphone for? It seems to me he could just walk up to a woman on the street and take her phone from her from out of her very hand and make his phone call with no questions asked. They may even let him have the phone.

Direct openers Neon Trees seemed to be holding back on the flamboyance. They seem like they could be a really heavy Scissor Sisters if they really wanted to, and lord knows lead singer Tyler Glenn has moves built for an arena; they just need a spark. Get weird.

Here's hoping another touring cycle sees them ramp it up. That Human League cover showed promise. The few singles wrecked the room too. Make all your songs sound like the last song in the set.

Onto the M5...

The band catches hell mostly for Levine being on The Voice, and in general being a lucky son of a bitch. Who else can shave his head after getting dumped by a model and have millions of women come to his aid? Even guitarist James Valentine (sans horizontal stripes last night) was being feted like an axe god.

What the band is doing isn't offensive or vapid, though. It's pop-rock, which used to be championed before... (cue muddy grungy riff)

One of my best friends, who has more tattoos than I do, once confided to me how much he likes Maroon 5. It was comforting. By the way, that one song about tattoos is called "One More Night" and not "Tattoo" like I have thought the past year. Amazing.

Maroon 5 don't put on airs and claim to be anything more than a sturdy pop-rock band with great production values in the studio and onstage. All of these guys are likable, and that covers a lot of ground when the music strays into Air Supply territory.

Location Info


Toyota Center

1510 Polk, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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This is the worst review I have ever read. It's honest but that is where the positives is simply dead wrong. This band is terrible and generally what is wrong with the music industry, they are a Clive Davis creation. That maybe should have been mentioned in your "hey my girlfriend likes em" review.  Frankly, the HP is better than this.  Maybe next week you can review another manufactured act.

Lisa Williams Broomas
Lisa Williams Broomas

good show. loved your review, but i'm surprised you didn't comment about the Bass being way too high - it was awful and had no place at a POP concert.

Laura F Bosche
Laura F Bosche

Dayligiht was in the encore as well. Before She Will Be Loved, I believe.

Kittie Harkins
Kittie Harkins

Know how everyone has the one person they hate for no reason? Mine is Adam Levine. Bubbly, boiling hatred for him.

MadMac topcommenter

"Frankly, the HP is better than this."

No it's not. I read a review on Pitbull, with six paragraphs of well throught critique tanked with "I'm not judging..."

This is decent for what it is. That is see both bias statements, the stated one at the end and the (un-stated) first paragraph. Oh, and words pop-rock band through out. The HP review on Ke$ha hardly included details of the Eric Clapton review. At 16:04 on a Wednesday *cough* at work *cough* I'm glad for that.

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