My (slight ;)) obsession with Maroon5 and then of course Adam Levine started a few months ago. I had definitely heard their songs before but for some reason, they never clung to me. It may have been their songs playing incessantly on the radio or maybe one particular song that had me hooked. Then, of course I started spotting him everywhere – on the Voice (I never watch that show) and then Saturday Night Live. On a separate note, the SNL show with Adam Levine was pretty entertaining – Jerry Seinfeld and Cameron Diaz also made an appearance.
So anyway, when I heard about their tour I really, really wanted to go. I started asking friends and although some were fans, most couldn’t go on the said dates for various reasons — having a baby (ok, really can’t get away from that), not going to be in town or you know, the reasons one has when you are not that interested. I had almost given up going when I randomly asked a neighbor who is also a friend if she would like to go. Thankfully, she said yes and tickets were promptly bought!
After at least 2 months of waiting and counting, the day finally arrived and we were excited to make the 2 hour trip in to NYC to attend the concert. We arrived in the city almost in time to get dinner before the show. Now, the thing about NYC is that unless you are in The Village or some such area, it is actually pretty hard to find a decent place to eat. Yes, that is hard to believe for a place like NYC but true to my experience when wandering in streets around Times Square or Madison Square Garden or the Rockefeller Center.
We turned a corner near Madison Square Garden and found ourselves in even shadier surroundings. We were running out of time, so quickly chose a place where the cuisine didn’t stand out but looked like a nice place for a meal.
With dinner out of the way, we were now pretty excited to be heading in to see the concert. We had both never been to Madison Square Garden before and had high expectations from the venue, having heard so much about it. After figuring out that were standing at the end of a very long but wrong line, we finally made our way in.
I was wondering what kind of age group would be attending this concert. We had gone to an Usher concert a few years prior and we found ourselves surrounded by teenyboppers clad in club like clothing. The audience here looked like a fair mix of 20s, 30s and then some 40s and beyond. So we fit right in 😉 The funny thing was that we were seated next to a bunch of 5 kids below the age of 12. I’m only about 30 myself and not very conservative, but a pre-teen girl singing ‘One More Night’ doesn’t quite sound right to me. There was also this lady who must have been near the age of 70 we spotted going absolutely gaga over Levine and we couldn’t stop laughing (sorry lady in pink sweater!).
Although our seats were at the rear side, front row of the second level (best I could find, given the lateness of booking them. We were lucky to actually have seats together at this point!), we both agreed that the view was not half bad. Especially when Adam Levine, decided to face our way and sing. The other alternative would have been to have seats way in the back, where you would only be staring at the screen to get a look.
So..on to the actual concert..
The show was to be opened by Neon Trees, followed by Owl City and then Maroon5. It started a good hour late, we expected it to be at least a half hour but oh well. Neon Trees performed well, and I thought that they are so good and have made it so far but had they got stuck in an American Idol kind of rut they wouldn’t have made it at all.
Owl City was to appear next, but after 45 minutes of glancing at our watches, it didn’t look like that was going to happen. I had heard before about how some singers kept crowds waiting for hours or didn’t make an appearance at all. I didn’t mind missing Owl City too much, but it would be good to know. Well, the good thing was that we got a big surprise when Maroon5 came on stage!
And oh my– they did not disappoint. So much energy and charisma, most people were standing through the concert. I envied all those people standing at touching distance to the M-shaped stage, but considering how much they must have paid for their tickets, I enjoyed the show from my seat.
Adam Levine animated the entire audience, pulled them into singing with him. I also had no idea that he could play the guitar like that. The group sang most of their popular songs. Near the end of the concert, a bridge came down to connect the main stage to a smaller stage closer to the middle of the stadium. We both thought the singing was awesome, of course, apart from Adam Levine himself.
Madison Square Garden was not as spectacular as it’s name. It is basically a venue that’s been around for ages and many famous artists have played there. Maroon5 themselves were humbled to be playing to a full audience here. They recalled the times they played to empty bars, only bartenders, audiences of 5 and now to a sold out Madison Square Garden — what a journey!