The My Fangirl Life team has a multitude of concerts scheduled this summer. Edmonton is apparently a mecca for some of the biggest acts in music this season, so keep watch as we document the shows we attend for your reading pleasure – we’re calling it our “Summer of Concerts”. You can also check out our reviews of Eric Church, Phillip Phillips, OneRepublic, Ed Sheeran, Shania Twain, and (gloriously!) One Direction.
What is the last concert you saw? Was it good? Let us know in the comments! Don’t worry I’ll remind you at the end. I want to tell you about my last concert… I want to tell you about all of my concerts… because I am going to a lot of them.
We live in the 5th largest city in Canada, by population. This doesn’t guarantee us as a tour stop… often bands only make two stops in our great nation, one at each side of the country, in our two largest cities. But if an artist chooses a third location, it’s usually in our province and, due to the only bigger city around having a ceiling that can’t support most tour lighting, that means they come to us! Long story short: we don’t get all the concerts but we do get quite a few. And this year, we are getting them all… or at least all of the ones I care about. I kept saying to KG, as concerts were announced, “That’s one of my top 5 shows I’d like to see right now… now if only ________________ would come!” And then ________________ would be announced the next week!
We kicked off our “Summer of Concerts” (starting in March) with Maroon 5. What did I think? Of course I am eager to tell you…
It was excellent. Exceeded Expectations. Completely.
I knew it would be a fun, high energy show. Which it was. Somehow, despite there not being a lot going on, it was very showy. The simple show structure saw the band playing on stage with Adam Levine running about & singing. Adam Levine knows how to pump up a crowd. And there was a lot of light. The laser light show made up for a lack of dancers & video presentations, etc.
What I didn’t expect was the fast-paced, non-stop song list. The show opened with a 30 minute set without even a breath of a break between them. And it included so many of the songs I wanted to hear. I had feared there would be a strong focus on the newest album, which I didn’t know as well or, frankly, like as much as previous hits. Instead, Maroon 5 performed an array of all of their best tracks no matter what era of their career they were from. There were four songs from 2014’s “V”. There were four songs from 2001’s “Songs About Jane”. The balance was perfect.
I was also impressed by Adam Levine’s voice. It was strong and sounded just like on the album… but unique enough to obviously be live. Even though he sang straight for almost 2 hours with little to no rest time, he didn’t waver. He is to be applauded… and I definitely applauded… and screamed and whooped and admired his damn sexy self.
I would totally recommend this show to any Maroon 5 fan, or anyone who doesn’t know them. My boss, who had to ask me “Kris, you know pop culture, right? Who are these Maroon 5 guys?”, also enjoyed it. He loved the high-octane pace and how Adam Levine “thinks he’s a bad ass but is actually just a nice guy.”
Love & Luck,