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Claudia from San Francisco, California
MUFFLE A SOUND
Maroon 5 needs to invest $$$ into their sound system.The words sound muffeled and at times you cant even hear Adam singing. Love Maroon 5 ,but this time around it lacked clarity.
Allyson from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
MAROON 5 PHILADELPHIA'S WELLS FARGO
We have to say it was one of the worst concert because of the sound engineering. The bass was way overdone as were some of the lighting tactics and you could barely hear the vocalists voices and lyrics. Hence they were "screaming" almost and hard to understand. What a shame as Adam Levine has an amazing voice as does Julia. Could not hear one name when Adam introduced the band. The songs were also so rushed, almost unfinished before the next one began. The visuals were mostly distracting in the back. Such a disappointment as we spent a lot for great seats for our first Maroon 5 concert..usually love their music! Waited to hear She will Be loved in acoustic version, but it was just a lazy attempt at the song..boohoo. Maybe the tour has been too long and not sure if it was the venue or the band's engineering...such a shame.
Adam Green from Waltham, Massachusetts
LOVE MAROON 5 - DISLIKED THE SOUND SYSTEM AND BASS
I have been to many concerts at the TD Garden and most sound great. Maroon 5, however sounded terrible. Over pumped bass and music with underwhelming vocal mixing meant for both Julia Michaels and Maroon 5, we could not hear one word of the lyrics.
JJ from Boston, Massachusetts
MAROON 5 BOSTON GARDEN
I’m an old dude and have been going to concerts for many years. This show was disappointing. The sound system was poor. The overwhelming bass drowned out the majority of the vocals and other instruments. Large video screen images were misaligned horizontally. However, the band had terrific energy and played a great selection.
Nancy from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
HORRIBLE SOUND, BORING PERFORMANCE
Am I the only one who thought the 2021 Maroon 5 concert at the American Family Amphitheater in Milwaukee was the most disappointing concert experience EVER? Reviews online complain of poor sound engineering at other locations so it wasn't just our venue; it must be the sound engineer. At times the music almost completely drowned out the vocals. That being said, maybe it was on purpose, as Levine's vocals sounded like a poor cover band. If I weren't with a good friend and waiting for Levine to take his shirt off (which he didn't do until then end of the last song), I probably would have walked out. I wanted to see the jeans-and-no-shirt Adam, not quarantine Adam in his orange and black animal print baggy shorts and unmatched white and blood-spattered-look shirt. I felt like I was watching a garage band practice, not a stadium performance. If I am paying big money to see a performance, I expect the band to LOOK like rock stars. Musically I can't say much about the band since the sound mix was so poor that it dominated any talent that may have existed. The drummer seemed the only one I thought I may enjoy watching, but screen video completely cut of his head, only showing his hands and drums, EVERY TIME. The keyboard player almost didn't exist (on screens which were all I could see). The guitar player had little expression except an occasional I've-got-hemorrhoids grimace (granted, a semi-typical look for guitar players), but zero interaction with audience. The bass player looked like someone's accountant pulled onstage (again, no musicality review here except that the bass mix drowned out lyrics; not his fault). Most video graphics were well done, and made back-up dancers and duet singer Cardi B unnecessary onstage, which occurred to me that it saved the tour some bucks. Speaking of bucks, mention of the Milwaukee Bucks championship brought the biggest cheers of the night, which strikes me as a cheap ploy for applause, along with the gestures from Adam to cheer more for them (I-can't-hear-you and clap-louder gestures which are simply a pet peeve of mine in general). I was really looking forward to this show SO MUCH, and I've never before been to a concert where I knew every single song. Maroon 5's playlist is pretty spectacular. However, I couldn't help but think that this band has been made famous by awesome in-studio sound engineering alone. Regarding the back up band Black Bear, I didn't pay much attention for the first few songs since I didn't think I'd ever heard of them. However, despite the swear-laden lyrics, their musicality eventuality caught my attention, especially considering I didn't know most songs. They saved their popular songs for last, so until these three, I didn't realize I "knew" them. The "F-U, and you, and you and you and you" anthem was tongue-in-cheek angsty, but got a bit ridiculous when they interacted with the crowd with "I said F#ck, you say You". Ok, kids, whatever. I'm in my 50s. Lol. But overall, I truly enjoyed Black Bear more than Maroon 5, which I never could have imagined saying in a review. I'll never waste my $100 on Maroon 5 again, and even for $5, which some friends paid for their last minute tickets, I wouldn't bother.
Ella from Buffalo, New York
LEVINE'S VOICE WEAK, JUNK SOUND ARRANGEMENT
The band led off with “Moves Like Jagger”. I noticed Adam singing an octave lower as if he couldn’t hit those notes he used to. Levine sounded better on older songs when Maroon 5 was more of a band and less of a studio singer with a backing band. “This Love” and “One More Night" being the best. “Animals” and “Love Somebody” were better, yet at times he seemed out of breath; sometimes taking breaths that skipped whole phrases of music & sang lower than the recordings. “Harder to Breathe” followed “Payphone” which was done acoustically. “Payphone” almost had me crying. You could actually understand him. An issue that I had with the entire show was that perhaps the balance was off but there were times you couldn’t pick up exactly what he was signing. The rest of the show was merely mediocre except for "Sunday Morning" You may not have enjoyed most of the show as an older fan. The performance, especially on the newer material, seemed like a failure of conversion from studio to live.
from Phoenix, Arizona
A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED
While there were some highs for the concert (Maroon 5 played their most popular songs one after the other once they got on stage), there were also some aspects that weighed down everything overall. The opening act prior to the pandemic was supposed to be Meghan Trainor, but was substituted for a DJ, who did their best, but it ended up feeling more like really loud background music because the there were no stage effects (or anything really) to indicate that the audience should be actually paying attention. It was bad planning, and I don't even blame the poor DJ. Maroon 5 arrived 2 HOURS LATE. That's just too much. Never been to another concert that's done that. Pretty much my biggest complaint. And then they only played for a fraction of that. Maroon 5 played for about 45 minutes straight, which, while impressive, really felt rushed with little time to breathe in-between songs. The audience interaction cues were also a little unclear, making the singing along awkward a some points.
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