|From left to right: The 1975, Maroon 5, Panic! At the Disco.|
Previously, I posted an about the most popular and best supporting musical acts Maroon 5 has ever taken with them on tour. Now, I would like to shine light on 10 specific musical acts that should and could tour with the Los Angeles pop rockers in the future, whether it'd be this year or in the coming years, for God only knows how much longer Maroon 5 can tour worldwide every year.
In 2015 and 2016, Maroon 5 has brought reggae pop act MAGIC!, 222 Records signee Rozzi Crane, jazz-fusion group Dirty Loops, European heartthrob Nick Gardner, The Voice alum Matt McAndrew, chart topping artist Nick Jonas, Conrad Sewell, Foxley, and even Dashboard Confessional, as well as future opening acts Tove Lo, PHASES, and R. City with them on tour.
A typical Maroon 5 opening act back in the day was a musician or group who pursued a poppier rock sound (One Republic, Gavin DeGraw, Train, Bruno Mars), someone who could play multiple instruments on stage (Phantom Planet, Sara Bareilles), or performers who helmed an adult contemporary sound. Nowadays, Maroon 5 tours are typically pop, radio-friendly extravaganzas, with opening acts such as Kelly Clarkson, Owl City, Nick Jonas, or Neon Trees opening for them. Unpredictable, yet predictable.
Taking all of this into consideration, Maroon 5 have and could very much tour with a wide array of musical acts ranging from alternative to indie to dance-pop.
Let's get to the list. The list will not be in any order or ranking from worst to best or best to worst.
A band of talented multi-instrumentalists that have been pursuing shoegazy, alternative rock music for over a decade, the England musicians in The 1975 could bring a perfect mix of pop and indie rock into a hyped performance prior to Maroon 5's poppy rock show. The group came onto the music scene with the release of four diverse EP albums: Facedown (2012), Sex (2012), Music for Cars (2013), and IV (2013), before finally hitting worldwide commercial success with their hit single "Chocolate", which lead to the bright, successful debut self-titled full-length in late 2013. Today, The 1975 just put out a colorful array of poppy indie rock hits on their second album I Like It When You Sleep For You're So Beautiful, Yet So Unaware Of It, which is currently the No. 1 album in the United States and Kingdom.
The 1975's most notable hits "Chocolate", the dancy "The Sound", and funky "Love Me" can easily make Maroon 5 fans dance in joy; ahead of a 1 hour 30 minute performance.
Panic! At the Disco
Straight oughta Las Vegas, the city that's known for partying and gambling, pop punkers Panic! At the Disco would be suitably great for being an opening act, or maybe even a co-headliner, for Maroon 5. Once known for helming a pop punk-esque baroque sound, with their first two major label releases A Fever You Can't Sweat Out (2005) and Pretty. Odd. (2008), Panic! probably wouldn't of fit well in Maroon 5 supporting line-up. However, nowadays, the moniker that musician Brendon Urie now has taken over as the sole member, pursues a more radio-friendly party pop sound. The latest record, Death of a Bachelor (2016) features many synthpop goodies along with dance-pop anthems such as "Victorious." From the band's previous studio effort Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! (2013), the hits "This Is Gospel" and "Girls/Girls/Boys" would go great in concert before Maroon 5 take the stage.
A little fresh indie rock never hurt nobody. Similar to Maroon 5, California rockers Bad Suns are known for their powerful and energetic live performances and their power pop sound. The group has been compared to Maroon 5, sonically and The Cure, emotionally. They've only been a touring band since 2012 and definitely deserve some attention from arena-sized crowds.
Starting out as a popular YouTube star singing covers of his favorite pop songs and making comedy skits, Troye Mellet, better known as Troye Sivan, made a name for himself in the pop music world in 2015 with the release of his debut full-length Blue Neighborhood. The album, as well as the artist, showcases a perfect mix of dreamy indie pop and dance-rock. The synthpop-heavy songs "Fools" and "Wild" would be perfect live sentiments to perform before a Maroon 5 concert.
5 Seconds of Summer
Okay. Now here me out, older fans. I know 5 Seconds of Summer are probably unworthy of being on a Maroon 5 tour and are pretty much the edgier versions of One Direction, but the band's charismatic live performance have made the band an important staple in contemporary pop rock music. They play their instruments, write their songs, and also follow through with an energetic live show. Their most recent album Sounds Good Feels Good was a number-one hit album in late 2015 and spawned the hit pop punk-ish singles "She's Kinda Hot" and "Jet Black Heart." Plus, they would operate well in ticket sales for Maroon 5 and sell out arenas faster than you can say "hey everybody!"
This Irish band started out playing hard rock shows as kids and grew to be the pop rock superstars the world knows today. They aren't too heavily known on contemporary radio and also appeal to a more adult crowd, and would make for a great 30-some-minute live concert prior to Maroon 5's performance. Besides, who wouldn't want to hear "The Man Who Can't Moved" and "Breakeven" live?
The band achieved a multi-platinum hit single "Hall of Fame", with rapper will.i.am in 2012.
I personally do not think The Fray have ever had the pleasure of sharing the stage, or a tour, with Maroon 5 in the past. Therefor, it's time that they get to it. The Fray, a manicured and polished pop rock band, are known for their heavy use of piano and guitar in their power pop, energetic songs. Their live shows have ranged to 2 and a half to 3 hours and, much like Maroon 5, sift from song to song live with interludes and jam sessions. Maroon 5 fans may recall The Fray's debut album, How to Save a Life (2005), (easily comparable to Songs About Jane) which spawned the hit single of the same name and "Over My Head (Cable Car)"; hits from 2005 and '06.
As far as my research went, dreamy-dance rock duo POWERS have only released one mini-LP since their recent formation, but their music is so diverse and deserving of an arena charged audience, and Maroon 5 could gift them with that. I compare POWERS to the band PHASES, the four-piece indie pop band that is opening for Maroon 5 later this year, who are also very deserving, however PHASES has that advantage because of guitarist James Valentine's tie-in with the band from formerly being in it.
No Doubt / Gwen Stefani
Okay, this needs to happen already. No Doubt has been a band for a tad bit longer than Maroon 5 have been and have definitely achieved radio success worldwide longer, but a co-headlining No Doubt and Maroon 5 tour would be badass as hell. Two very monumental pop rock groups (with ska influences) touring the world together would shatter Ticketmaster and everybody would go to this tour, without a doubt. No Doubt's history of precise pop rock and reggae rock make for a greatly polished hour long show.
And if we can't get a No Doubt co-headliner, at least we can hope for Gwen Stefani as an opening act. Stefani's solo career has proven that the multi-genre slayer can sing almost any kind of song from rock, metal, or reggae to pop, funk, or disco. Stefani is hot on her heels with her upcoming, long-awaited comeback solo album, This Is What the Truth Feels Like, which drops March 18. Her recent poppier hits like "Make Me Love You" and "Misery" would make for a great live performance, as well as her classic hits "The Sweet Escape" or "Hollaback Girl." And hey, maybe we could get a "My Heart Is Open" live performance.
This show be mind-blowingly different for fans to witness before Maroon 5 take the stage. Originally an a capella group, the five-piece group would showcase a performance unlike any other typical pop concert using mainly their mouths and hardly any instrumentation. But this just isn't any average a capella group of vocalists, this is Pentatonix. This band just achieved commercial success recently with their debut major label self-titled album (2015). Known for covering other versions of pop hits, the band has covered Maroon 5 in the past, as well as Justin Bieber's "Where Are U Now?" and OMI's "Cheerleader."
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