LIVE REVIEW: Maroon 5 – Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Brisbane can be a pretty hard crowd to please. I’ve seen some of the biggest acts in the world not able to get their crowd on their feet and dancing but Maroon 5 effortlessly had the crowd moving from the opening bar of “Animals” to the final chorus of “Sugar”. Front man Adam Levine oozes cool with his daggy but engaging dance moves and his impressive falsetto. He greets the crowd briefly before just pumping out hit after hit. “One More Night”, “Stereo Hearts’, “Harder To Breathe”, “Love Somebody”, “Wake Up Call” and “Maps” filled up the first portion of the show with Levine’s vocals at times being hard to hear over the singing crowd. Their onstage banter was short and sweet with a few audience interaction call and response techniques dominating these moments. Levine did tell the crowd about some fans that were chasing their van at the private airport in Melbourne as they were leaving. He explained how the stopped the van and noticed the girls seemed disappointed and he didn’t understand why until he realised…. they were wearing Justin Bieber shirts. He had the crowd in hysterics and was like “fuck I felt old”. It’s hard to not be captivated by Levine on stage and not forget that there are other members on stage because he has you so hooked. He brought the other members into the spotlight for some solos and an acappella intro for “Payphone” while James Valentine accompanied him for an acoustic rendition of “She Will Be Loved”. The last section of the show included the infectious “This Love”, “Sunday Morning”, “Makes Me Wonder”, “Daylight”, “Locked Away” and “Moves Like Jagger”. Maroon 5 have always been one of my bucket list bands to see live and they lived up to and exceeded any expectation I had. Impressed is an understatement for this show.
Support acts usually compliment each other but this was an odd pairing. Conrad Sewell opened the nights festivities with an AMAZING set showcasing his singles “Hold Me Up”, Start Again”, “Firestone” and two unreleased tracks. He had the crowd eating out of his palm with his impressive vocal range and on stage charisma. He is a star on the rise and someone you need to keep an eye on. However Swedish pop outfit Dirty Loops had the audience confused and laughing at their somewhat embarrassing set. They are all incredible musicians but their styles do not fuse well or compliment each other at all. It all just became noise and utterly confusing. Definitely when they introduced one of their songs as winning an award in Sweden for best lyrics and the hook consisted of; “Sexy girls in the club, I’ll be whatever you want me to be”.