Maroon 5 at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester

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Maroon 5: Overexposed Tour – Finally a concert that concentrated on the music (and Adam Levine’s new identity as People Magazine’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’!)

Being a massive fan of Maroon 5 and all of their songs, I was pleasantly surprised to witness a concert that focused mainly on the quality of the music (and singing in tune) rather than all of the usual pyrotechnics, background dancers and ‘fillers’.

Most of the concerts that you go to these days are all about the ‘wow factor’, while this might work for some artists, Maroon 5 don’t operate like that (well, not in the way that you’re probably used to).

Having written most of the songs themselves, it was obvious that Adam Levine & co. wanted to make sure that they sounded as good as possible live – and boy, did they do that. I was sat on the second tier with a side-on view and still heard every note strung on James Valentine’s guitar, every beat hit on Matt Flynn’s drums and every lyric sung by Adam Levine.

The evening started off with a few songs from stand-in Maroon 5 keyboard player PJ Morton, before Robin Thicke appeared in his infamous aviator glasses and jet black suit. Thicke did a great job of preparing the screaming girls on the first couple of rows for the sex icon Adam Levine later in the show by finishing off his brief song list with last year’s most controversial hit ‘Blurred Lines’, while at the same time soaking up the attention of the crowd from very close range.

The Californian group then appeared and opened up their act with ‘One more Night’, with Adam Levine dressed in casual blue jeans and a black & white cardigan – which only managed to stay on for a couple of songs before his short white t-shirt was revealed.

They managed to perform 19 of their hit songs in just under 90 minutes – impressive in itself, missing out only a few of their other songs worth noting such as ‘Wipe your eyes’ and ‘Never gonna leave this bed’. They transitioned from one song to another seamlessly throughout the concert, which worked really well most of the time, but on some occasions it seemed that they were rushing through the show – which was the only flaw with their performance in my opinion.

Nevertheless, all of their songs were performed to near perfection, with their stand-out songs being the 2011 hit ‘Moves like Jagger’, the acoustic version of ‘She will be loved’ and the encores ‘Payphone’ and ‘Daylight’.

Overall, the concert was well worth the asking price as all 3 acts put on a concert to remember for years to come, and if it was up to me – I would go every week! Manchester thanks you for a fantastic performance!

Daniel Cheeseman

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