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Maroon 5 Entertains Times Union Center with Retrospective Setlist

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Lead singer and adept multi-instrumentalist Adam Levine grinned with gratitude when he was met with jubilant screams and filming smartphones upon appearing onstage with the rest of his bandmates who encompass the pop rock band, Maroon 5.

There was certainly a sense of relief among the audience in the fully-packed Times Union Center on Mar. 7 that the night had finally arrived as everyone had to wait an additional couple of months since this concert was originally scheduled for Sept. 21 last fall. It was postponed because Adam Levine’s wife and model, Behati Prinsloo, was expecting their first child around that time. As a result, this concert became the penultimate stop on their Maroon V Tour.

Maroon 5’s much-anticipated arrival was further hyped by opening acts R. City, who collaborated with Levine to create the 2015 hit “Locked Away,” and Tinashe who impressively balanced sharp, aggressive choreography and her soaring vocals.

Singing some songs from their album, “What Dreams Are Made Of,” R. City also surprised the audience by revealing that they wrote and produced several popular songs like Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” and Rihanna’s “Pour It Up.” Tinashe also performed some from her own albums like “Nightride” and her song, “Company” prompted numerous audience members to sing along with her.

Levine, simply donning a black leather jacket, T-shirt and jeans, immediately oozed masculinity and sex appeal which further drove the exuberant—and understandably, slightly impatient—crowd into a loud, screaming mess. Opening with their 2011 number-one hit “Moves Like Jagger,” the band fruitfully crafted a positive and lively atmosphere as the members encouraged the audience to sing the lyrics back to them. This heartwarming reciprocal relationship was one way the band indirectly thanked the audience for having waited so long since September.

The band proceeded to remind the audience of their past hit songs like “This Love” and “Misery,” which definitely spoke to their longevity as a successful act since their first successful album, “Songs About Jane” graced the music industry back in 2002. The audience did comically deteriorate into a deafening frenzy when Levine tossed his jacket off before singing “One More Night.”

“Love Somebody” was among the highlights of the night as a wave of euphoria washed across the stadium, with Levine confidently belting out notes amid pulsating lights. Walking down a pointed-arrow-shaped walkway and engaging with some fans who desperately reached out their hands to briefly hold his hand, Levine ended the song with a shocking high note and the stadium grew exponentially loud, clearly cherishing his vocal prowess.

“I wanna feel you!” Levine beckoned while performing the raunchy-sounding “Animals”. “I wanna hear you!” He then shocked the crowd as he literally howled loudly into his microphone.

A distinct trend throughout the concert was how Levine, a tenor, often concluded songs with such exceptional falsettos and changing up the notes absolutely helped keep each musical number fresh.

The remaining bandmates—James Valentine, Sam Farrar, PJ Morton, Jesse Carmichael and Matt Flynn—smoothly worked harmoniously to supply live music and keep the concert animated. Their chemistry and friendship were particularly evident as Levine would joke with them sometimes and he even introduced each of them to the audience, ensuring they deserved credit too. Levine even brought his bandmates up to a couple of microphones on center stage to perform a short a cappella version of “Payphone” before jokingly gesturing them to return to their instruments, hence offering a healthy side of humor for the night.

The relaxed-sounding, “Maps” and most recent single, “Cold” slowed things down a bit, its chill vibe emphasized by the iridescently-lit stage and oscillating spotlights. Morton then played the signature melody on his keyboard while Levine sang the 2004 song, “Sunday Morning.” After singing his heart out with “Daylight,” Maroon 5 departed the stage while the stadium plunged into darkness.

“This next one is always dedicated to the ladies, where are my ladies at?” Levine teased while he and Valentine appeared at the end of the walkway.

All the prior songs they performed suddenly felt like mere appetizers when the two then performed an acoustic, intimate version of their nostalgic classic, “She Will Be Loved.” This number was another highlight of the concert as Levine’s bare vocals and Valentine on guitar, coupled with the audience singing the famous lyrics along, made for a reflective and calming performance.

Venturing onwards with “Don’t Wanna Know” and “Sugar,” the night concluded with some band members entertaining the audience with impeccable guitar and drum solos. The band then finally departed the stage while the stadium rose into a thunderous and cathartic applause.

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