Maroon 5, 02 Academy, Glasgow
24 Feb 2011
Maroon 5 are terribly popular.
Just how popular was evident fairly early on, when the queue to get in snaked around the venue and down the street. The throng was ushered in extremely quickly, though, to give a rousing reception to opener Sara Bareilles.
Bareilles had toured with Maroon 5 before and her radio-friendly pop/jazz/rock style was ideal for such a slot. Her hit Love Song encapsulated all of that and went down very well indeed.
With album sales totalling 15 million worldwide, it was perhaps not surprising that Maroon 5 commanded the sort of adulation on show here. The audience, mostly female and covering the entire age spectrum, screamed as soon as lead singer Adam Levine strolled on and kept the decibel meter in the red for most of the ensuing 90 minutes.
What the band do so well, of course, is to appeal to a wide range of the general public. For every pop hit for the girls to swoon over, they chuck in a bit of rock to keep the blokes happy. The opening coupling of Misery and Harder to Breathe set the tone and as far as I could tell, all the hits made an appearance.
Levine’s interaction with the crowd was exemplary, even managing to conduct an unaccompanied version of She Will Be Loved and keep them in time. Hands All Over rocked hard and was probably the song of the night, before they ended with the best tune Billy Joel never wrote, This Love.
Levine appeared in a blue kilt for the encore, prompting near chaos amongst his admirers, to sing Makes Me Wonder and the really rather splendid, All I Need.