Maroon 5 and Jason Segel Make The Greek Theatre Shake
Thu, 14 Oct 2010 08:11:20
Maroon 5 may just be the 21st century's smoothest soul band.
During a triumphant show at the Greek Theatre this past Saturday, the band slinked through a 16-song set rife with more than just one original (and classic) bedroom-ready jam.
Opening with the high-energy "Misery" from their fantastically fiery new offering, Hands All Over, Maroon 5 instantly got the crowd dancing. Singer Adam Levine's voice careened to heavenly heights on the song's infectious hook as the crowd sang back to him in unison. Levine adopted an impenetrable Michael Jackson-style falsetto for "If I Never See Your Face Again," and it perfectly complemented the slick Red Hot Chili Peppers infused funk guitar from James Valentine. Mid-song, Levine ripped through a pristine solo that was just as harmonious as a voice on the bridge. Recording "Gotten" with Slash must've rubbed off on him because Levine's a shredder in his own right.
Maroon 5 really turned heads by igniting "Harder to Breathe" with the opening to "War Pigs." The heavily co-ed female crowd may not have picked up on the Tony Iommi riff, but there were a few devil horns raised to the sky, illuminating just how versatile Maroon 5 can be. "The Sun" sailed on the strength of Matt Flynn's calculated percussion and Mickey Madden's bouncy bass line. Jesse Carmichael backs it all up with nearly choral keyboard and rhythm playing. It was quite entrancing and engaging live.
Levine moved like a cat on stage ready to pounce into a massive groove at any moment and never missing a note. He's the ultimate 21st century frontman, blending classic bravado with a modern sense of attitude. The band's cover of Al Green classic "Let's Stay Together" perfectly segued into their mega-hit "She Will Be Loved." That's Maroon 5's brilliance. They can rock on "This Love" or slow everything down and shine on a ballad. Then, of course, they threw in a little Tina Turner for good measure.
Before Maroon 5 took the stage, Jason Segel played a two-song opener. In addition to "Dracula's Lament" from Forgetting Sarah Marshall, he gave the crowd a special treat.
Singing a phone number over and over again, he perfectly crooned out quips like, "Tell me, would it be wrong for me to use my celebrity status to make love to a Maroon 5 fan, tonight?" and "If you like what you saw in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, that's exactly what I'm working with" in regards to his nude scene. Of course, he added "Don't be afraid to bring your lesbian friend to my swanky Los Angeles mansion." The laughter was almost as loud as the cheering to follow for Maroon 5.
Segel summed it all up succinctly, "You will witness the greatest musical performance in the history of The Greek Theatre."
Fulfilling Segel's promise, Maroon 5 showed that soul and a lot more.
Were you there?