A contingent of lucky Maroon 5 fans got the chance to see the band perform up-close at New York's Roseland Ballroom Saturday night (Nov. 16). Maroon 5 partnered with Malibu for the "Marooned on Malibu Island Concert," which had fans crowd-source the city location for the show.
Once New York City was chosen as the winner, fans who previously voted were invited to RSVP to attend the event, which included music from DJ Virtue in addition to the intimate headlining set from Maroon 5.
Having performed at Madison Square Garden in February for their "Overexposed World Tour" and again in August at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Maroon 5's show at Roseland was very different from what fans in the New York area have previously witnessed this year. Sans pyrotechnics, catwalks or laser displays, on Saturday night at Roseland it was just Maroon 5 onstage with their instruments -- something fans clearly didn't mind as they often sang along, word-for-word.
The California rockers' selection of songs spanned a decade of hits. The band kicked off their energetic performance with the sultry "One More Night" off their latest album "Overexposed." As the lights dimmed, only the sound of a drum beat was heard before frontman Adam Levine's familiar vocals entered. His impeccable falsetto continued on 2004's "This Love" as he strapped on his electric guitar for some gritty riffs.
"Well, good evening. We are Maroon 5," Levine said six songs in, as he addressed the crowd for the first time. Soon, the group slowed things down with the soulful "Sunday Morning." As the track came to a close, the band played a few bars of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition." They'd later do a mashup between their own "Shiver" and Jay Z's "Dirt Off Your Shoulder."
The setting of the show made it special as well -- it was recently announced that Roseland Ballroom will close its doors in April. This fact was not lost on Levine, who noted the venue was one of the places Maroon 5 played early in its career.
"We played this place a long time ago," Levine said. "We were headlining and we were all so nervous about that show that night. It was incredible. This song takes us back."
As he segued into "Stereo Hearts," his 2011 hit with Gym Class Heroes, Levine surprised the crowd with his rap skills. But that wasn't the only surprise of the night. During their performance of "Misery" they transitioned effortlessly into Daft Punk's "Get Lucky."
Towards the end of the night, it was evident a few major favorites were missing, including "Moves Like Jagger." Levine wasn't fully convinced the room wanted to hear the song, though. "You wanna hear it?" he asked fans. "You sure?"
While their shouts only got louder, the band played the hit and Levine strutted down the stage like Jagger as exorbitant amounts of confetti dropped from the ceiling. "We hope you like the confetti. There was so much of it. Confetti is always a good idea until it happens," Levine joked.
During the three-song encore, which included "Payphone," a stripped-down "She Will Be Loved" with Levine and guitarist James Valentine on acoustic guitar and the arena-friendly "Daylight," it was apparent just why Maroon 5 went from playing Roseland Ballroom to headlining Madison Square Garden: they put on a solid show whether it's for 200 fans or 20,000.
"We write so many songs about you because we love you so much," Levine said as the show closed. "We are Maroon 5. Thank you for everything."