While the world has to wait until summer 2018 to catch Maroon 5‘s Red Pill Blues Tour — in support of the Grammy-winning band’s sixth studio album of the same name — a few hundred lucky fans received an intimate experience of a lifetime Tuesday night (Nov. 7) for the project’s release party at the iHeartRadio Theater in Burbank, Calif.
The one-hour affair, hosted by L.A.’s 102.7 KIIS FM veteran JoJo Wright, kicked off with a pitch-perfect falsetto frenzy of the group’s third single off the LP, and current Billboard Hot 100 hit, “What Lovers Do” == sans the record’s featured guest SZA. The group later went on to play the Kendrick Lamar-assisted “Don’t Wanna Know” (included on the album’s deluxe edition) and a special debut performance of the melodious downtempo cut “Wait,” which Adam Levine admitted was his favorite recording on the new project.
As Levine’s band members waited in the background, The Voice judge — and “the face” of Maroon 5, which was joked about onstage — took a little time for a Q&A conducted by Wright in which they discussed the “connection” in sounds between this album and their inaugural effort, Songs About Jane, as well as the creative freedom they’ve ascended to despite label pressure throughout their career.
“Record deals are literally formed because they expect you to fail,” stated Levine. “Because they don’t expect you to succeed for five whole albums, they are like, ‘Let’s sign you for five.’ If your first one is successful then you’re probably toast. Now, we’re in a position to put out records and they get played nonstop… Maroon 5 is in a really good place right now.”
After a few more questions with Levine and a get-to-know-your-bandmates chat, where all six members shared some of their most embarrassing moments together (lead guitarist James Valentine shared that Adam didn’t “like to clean up” and was “kind of messy” when they lived together in the beginning of their music career), they completed the remaining half hour with sing-along anthems such as “She Will Be Loved,” “Sugar,” “Moves Like Jagger,” “This Love,” “One More Night” and even a cover of Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy,” among others. Watch the full concert below.
Maroon 5’s Red Pill Blues is available now, with a 2018 tour beginning May 30 in Tacoma, Wash., and ending Oct. 15 with a two-night engagement at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Stream the album here.