|Maroon 5 performing live in 2014.|
As we all know, Maroon 5 is embarking on what might their biggest and most expensive tour in North America yet, this fall. To help boost ticket sales and anticipation, electropop superstar Tove Lo will be the special guest on the tour, as well as support from hip hop duo R. City and indie pop supergroup PHASES on selected dates.
The massive tour will begin at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas on September 3rd and will conclude October 16th in Oakland, California at the Oracle Arena.
Maroon 5's headliners have slowly barrel rolled into greatest hits tours, as they keep pumping out No. 1 singles and chart-topping pop-perfected full-lengths. Their last tour in South American this summer consisted of 13 tracks being hit Maroon 5 singles, 1 being a cover of "Stereo Hearts" from Gym Class Heroes (which featured Adam Levine), and 1 other being a solo Adam Levine song cut from the soundtrack for 2014's film Begin Again. As rock-n-roll and eccentric their live show can be, it's time we some deep cuts and rarities on this North America tour.
Here's my short list of songs we need to hear on tour this fall.
5. "Never Gonna Leave This Bed", from the album Hands All Over (2010)
This pop rock power ballad from Maroon 5's 2010 studio album, Hands All Over, was and is still a huge fan favorite among the masses. "Never Gonna Leave This Bed" was released as single for contemporary radio in January 2011, however received little-to-no radio airplay. This was right before the band took a step towards dance-pop, whee five months later "Moves Like Jagger", featuring Christina Aguilera, was released to the world and made every Maroon 5 fan turn their heads in confusion.
4. "Won't Go Home Without You", from the album It Won't Be Soon Before Long (2007)
Just like "Never Gonna Leave This Bed", "Won't Go Home Without You" is one of Maroon 5's most underrated singles ever. From the band's 2007 album It Won't Be Soon Before Long, the song is easily one of their best from the 12 track record. The band performed it on every tour until their 2013 world tour and was likely replaced by "Love Somebody". What's going on, Maroon 5?
3. "Shiver", from the album Songs About Jane (2002)
"Shiver" is one Maroon 5's most badass songs ever released. Although not a single, the song proved that Maroon 5 were once true rock stars in the pop realm. "Shiver" was Maroon 5's choice for opening every set with for four years straight. Proof can be found in online archives of the band's full concerts from the early 2000s and on their live album Live - Friday the 13th. Seeing "Shiver" live would be massive and would put a massive smile on my face.
2. "Secret", from the album Songs About Jane (2002)
"Secret" is a beautifully written tune from Maroon 5's debut release, Songs About Jane. When performed live, the audience becomes horny and willing to scream along to every word.
1. "The Sun", from the album Songs About Jane (2002)
"The Sun" is definitely one of Maroon 5's best songs of all time. While there are at times cries of his vocals being too heavily produced, I find that they did a perfect job of capturing it, especially live. It was more unique when Songs About Jane was first released, but it still stands out over a decade later. A more surprising aspect of the band, however, is the fact that they are not performing it live nowadays.