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Concert Reviews:
Maroon5 delivers some Valentine's love at the Palace

For Journal Register Newspapers

Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013

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AUBURN HILLS -- Love was in the air on Valentine's Day at the Palace, and Maroon5 was the object of affection for the vast majority of the sold-out crowd Thursday night, Feb. 14 at the Palace.

A popular concern since its multi-platinum 2002 debut "Songs About Jane," the group now enjoys the fruits of frontman Adam Levine's role as arguably the most popular judge on NBC's "The Voice," the kind of audience explosion that comes with two nights a week on prime-time network TV. Maroon5 still operates, tacitly, as a band, but rest assured there were no fan signs Thursday asking founding members guitarist James Valentine or bassist Mickey Madden to be their valentine.

Fortunately Levine -- clad, like the rest of the group, in all red -- was charismatic and engaged throughout the 90-minute show; his moves may not quite like (Mick) Jagger's, but during the second concert of the Overexposed Tour's North American leg he worked the M-shaped stage well, giving nearly equal time to the various ramps that jutted into the Palace floor and spending the first three encore songs on a B stage near the center of the arena, with Valentine joining him briefly during "She Will Be Loved."

Levine's bandmates, meanwhile, were tight and polished, and Valentine enjoyed a few moments in the spotlight while soloing during "Wake Up Call" and "Lucky Strike." Utility player Sam Farrar of Phantom Planet, however, got short shrift throughout the night; despite doing a lot of heavy musical lifting on guitar and keyboards, he wasn't even included in the video montages of the group members that occasionally graced the three large video screens behind the stage.

None of that, of course, phased the crowd, a mix of Bieber-aged screamers and middle-aged pop fans who were there to a) fawn over Levine and b) hear the hits, which Maroon5 delivered in abundance. Following buoyant opening sets by Neon Trees and Owl City, the sextet opened with "Payphone" -- one of five songs from 2012's "Overexposed" album -- with Wiz Khalifa delivering his guest rap via video. Favorites such as "Sunday Morning," "If I Never See Your Face Again," "Misery," "This Love" and "Won't Go Home Without You" were duly performed, while "Makes Me Wonder" was preceded by a tease of Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" (with seven mirror balls hanging above the stage) and "Harder to Breathe" incorporated Skrillex's "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites."

Maroon5's only miscue was the lengthy, meandering instrumental preamble to the reggae-flavored "One More Night," which did little but give fans a minute to check their smartphones. It was a momentary lull, though, and the group quickly returned to high gear and stayed that way through the confetti-swirling finale of "Moves Like Jagger."

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