August 17, 2011
Bridgestone Arena- Nashville, TN
I’ve seen them before, and I will see them again – every chance I get! Maroon 5 is such a great band to see/hear live. They are tight, energetic, and well “schooled” in playing so many styles of music. After all, that’s what they are all about and it shows in their music. So many different influences come together in music that makes you move. Everyone in the band has their part in each song, well orchestrated to let each part shine equally.
I was seated with my 15 year old son side stage, which forced us to watch the musicians more than the video screens, which were hard to see from our angle. While I can appreciate great graphics and visuals that always add to the performance, I really enjoyed this angle. As some of you may have gathered, I’m a drummer. So naturally, I tend to be drawn in to that person in a band quickly. I must, therefore, start out by citing that M5 drummer Matt Flynn is a MONSTER player. Everyone has their place in a group but the drums provide the foundation. Matt provides that so well in this group as this music demands it. He was “on” all night and Adam Levine was right “on” with him. I love watching a drummer who commands his drum kit. Watching Matt land hits crashes so tightly and with such cool force all set long was inspirational.
Back to the rest of the band. Adam Levine had a great time last night. “You’re wearing me out, Nashville” he yelled out after one song. He is a great front man and wonderful vocalist. He and James Valentine’s guitar playing compliment each other so well. Michael Madden on bass locks in on Matt’s solid foundation and Jesse Carmichal’s keys provide a harmonious counterpoint for each song.
Changing directions is in this bands nature but it always sounds like Maroon 5. That’s their magic. It’s no wonder why they took an immediate liking to fellow new endorsers Fitz & The Tantrums early on. Both band provide a fresh approach to honoring those who came before them but in their own unique ways.
Adam sounds awesome on his UR2/KSM9 champagne colored wireless mic. FOH engineer Jim Ebdon loves this mic on Adam’s voice and had the band dialed in nicely! I also was introduced to one of the groups recording engineers for the past 2 records, Noah Passovoy, who stated that the SM7 has been the mic of choice for Adam’s vocals, beating out much more expensive and typical competitors for that spot.
I look forward to every new project from this group and wish them nothing but the best on their road to continued success. Speaking of the road, here’s a link to catch them while they are out on tour: http://bit.ly/oRtiOv
When you go to their show, feel free to write back and tell us about your evening.
Also, check our MySpace page and our Artist site regularly as we will be editing the video interview I got with Adam and James backstage. I included a few photos from last night including a shot of the groups “recycling center” in each of the dressing rooms.