Maroon 5 Ensure iTunes Festival Performance Is Anything But 'One More Night'
REVIEW: Adam Levine brings the hits for night eleven of this year's incredible festival...
Feeling: The opening act, Matthew Koma got the crowd in the right mood by sparking an electrifying atmosphere with his opening number Wasted, then, as if almost to contain the crowd, eventually moved on to the somber and mellow Clarity, which had the whole crowd singing along to the chorus. A perfect way to make way for the headliners, Maroon 5; who were met with a roaring round of applause, as they hit the stage with an insane amount of energy.
The Look: Adam Levine embraced that typical rock-band-lead-singer look by pairing an oddly floral-printed short-sleeved shirt (obviously to show off his tattoos) with dark skinny jeans; not far from what we would have expected. Although it was surprising that despite the denim clinging onto his skin, he was still able to throw in a few amusing dance moves throughout his set.
Tunes: Maroon 5 didn’t cease from keeping the crowd entertained. By fusing both their older and newer songs, the crowd was kept on their toes, hand-swaying to songs like She Will Be Loved and fist-pumping to songs like Moves Like Jagger the whole night. Adam Levine solidified his status as one of the best lead singers in a band, with his uniquely flawless falsetto-hitting voice; despite the beat variety in their set. Although, the crowd was evidently more intrigued with songs from their 2002 hit album Songs About Jane.
Banter: Although he’s known more for his voice, Adam Levine displayed a bit of his personality while responding to some of the signs held up in the crowd. The most amusing was without a doubt: “Adam, can I lick you?” To which he replied, “First thing I'd say is, can you?... but my fiancée, I mean my wife… will kill you. But James (the guitarist) on the other hand won’t mind being licked.” James on the contrary, did not seem too amused by the offer, as he just smiled and stringed away.
Sweat Factor: With a face as perfect as Adam Levine’s, it would be hard to notice any sweat on it; but he clearly was feeling the pressure. After singing the first few seconds of Moves Like Jagger, Levine stopped the band, claiming he was “physically incapable of singing right now”, and needed 5 minutes (actually 30 seconds) to “get this heartbeat right”. Don’t worry; he assured us that it was not a heart attack. However, it seemed like nothing happened once he cruised back into the song with his incomprehensibly high jumps and his signature vocal scatting.
Summary: The night was brimming with exhilarating responses to an effortless performer, who can cue screams from the crowd merely by tapping on his mic or swinging it’s stand! Seeing as he had some tea mid-performance, "out of respect" to London, we can say that this is definitely one of Maroon 5’s best performances!
By Simisola Jasmine Jolaoso
Maroon 5 2014 iTunes Festival Set List:
One More Night
Harder To Breathe
It Was Always You
Moves Like Jagger
She Will Be Loved