Being the featured attraction in a platinum-selling rock band obviously isn’t enough for
That same penchant for diversity also applies to his band. Since its inception a little more than a decade ago, Maroon 5 has become a hit-making machine that manages to blur the lines between rock, pop, reggae, hip-hop and dance-powered anthems.
All of that was represented in a briskly paced, visually engaging 90 minutes on Saturday at
Standing atop an enormous black-and-white image of the band’s logo, Levine and the band opened with “Payphone,” off the group’s latest album, “Overexposed.” Although rapper
In short order, the group shifted into disco mode by lowering a solar-system of mirror balls to illuminate “Makes Me Wonder,” a chance for Levine to channel his inner
The non-Levine members aren’t household names, but Valentine, bassist Mickey Madden, drummer Matt Flynn, keyboardist
That was easy to forgive, however, when the band rolled out well-crafted pop songs such as "Won't Go Home Without You," "Love Somebody," "Misery" and the signature "This Love." Levine was endearing in expressing appreciation to the fans in a 4-song encore, which he performed on a platform in the middle of the floor.
Opening acts Owl City and Neon Trees elevated the show in separate 30-minute sets. The former delivered exuberant, keyboard-drenched pop of "Fireflies" and "Shooting Star," while the latter rocked harder on "Moving in the Dark," "Animal" and others.