Everybody’s favorite host of The Voice is about to head out on another tour with his super popular band. Maroon 5 and former Sexiest Man Alive Adam Levine announced their sixth tour last October and they’re finally making good on that promise this summer.
Their Red Pill Blues Tour is in support of their latest album of the same name. That record – their sixth studio album, what? – dropped last year, and it features some huge radio hits like that catchy song with Kendrick Lamar “Don’t Wanna Know.” (What will Levine do on tour? Rap Lamar’s part himself? Pull a fan on stage? Only time will tell.)
Maroon 5 also teamed up with artists like SZA, A$AP Rocky, and LunchMoney Lewis on this album, because who doesn’t love a good rap feature in the middle of a song? Julia Michaels, who also appears on Red Pill Blues in their song “Help Me Out,” will be touring with Maroon 5 this summer and fall.
Speaking of, who is Julia Michaels? You probably know her from her hit song “Issues.” She has some amazing vocal and songwriting skills. She’s actually penned lyrics for Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Fifth Harmony, and Gwen Stefani. “Issues” was her first single and it shot up the charts and earned her a Grammy nomination for “Song of the Year” and “Best New Artist.” Yeah, she’s no joke. (FYI, “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars and artist Alessia Cara, respectively, ended up winning those Grammys. But hey, Michaels can take solace in the fact that “Despacito” didn’t win Song of the Year either.)
Anyway, this is Maroon 5’s first tour since, well, their last international tour which spanned from 2015 to 2017 and covered every continent except for Antarctica. This band isn’t afraid of hitting the road. They’ve already visited Ecuador, Guatemala, and Mexico this year.
Maroon 5 kicked things off in June with dates in LA and Phoenix and now they’re moving onto the southern part of the US with concerts in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida before heading up to Pennsylvania and New Jersey. They’ll be giving the whole country a good once-over though, performing shows in the whole mid-section of the USA – they’ve got several dates in Iowa, Illinois, Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and more – before they head back to the East Coast to wrap things up with a finale of two epic nights at Madison Square Garden in NYC.
Red Pill Blues as an album exudes the usual smooth Maroon 5 vibes of sexuality and rhythm. Their pop-rock sounds feature R&B grooves, 80s-inspired synth, and Adam Levine’s uber-distinct vocals and melodies… obviously. It might be soft rock, but it’s damn catchy soft rock. Who cares if they had to bring in a One Direction songwriter?
They sound fresh and polished as a band today (even if one review says they sound antiseptic). We’ll call it futuristic, mature, clean, and cool. Hey, Adam Levine has gotten married, albeit to a supermodel, and produced two kids since his overtly sexual songs like “Kiwi” in 2007. You’ve gotta expect some evolution in sound!
On this tour, you’ll probably be hearing the latest Maroon 5 radio hits like “What Lovers Do” and “Don’t Wanna Know” even if SZA and Lamar won’t be there. They’ve got to promote their latest album, of course, but will they also play some of our old faves? We did a little research to find out.
In Quito this year, it looks like they played the big hits like “This Love,” “Moves Like Jagger,” “Sunday Morning,” “Sugar,” “Payphone,” and “Makes Me Wonder.” (Oh my gosh, did anybody else forget how good Maroon 5 was back in the day?!) In order to keep the crowd hyped, we suspect there will be a solid mix of old and new.
Expect lots of singing along and swooning. Especially if Adam dances…