The last time I saw Maroon 5 in concert, the band was sharing the bill with John Mayer at Darien Lake. Adam Levine was just the singer and occasional guitar player in the band. He hadn’t yet become “Adam Levine, celebrity judge on ‘The Voice.’ ” “Moves Like Jagger” had not yet been recorded. Levine seemed to be more of an art-pop guy. Now, he clearly wants to be Prince. Being on television will do that to you, apparently.
The Honda Civic Tour stops by Darien Lake Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday, and Levine will be in the house, fronting Maroon 5 as the band headlines above Kelly Clarkson and Tony Lucca (“The Voice” second-season runner-up).
Reports from the road suggest Maroon 5 has been knocking ’em dead with a hits-heavy set that features some surprise covers (Prince’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover” was a recent one), the addition of a horn section that puts the fire in Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke,” and snippets of various current hip-hop and pop hits employed as segues between songs in what Billboard.com called a “must-see” set.
Tickets range from $116.50 for standing room general admission in the pit, to $74.50 for reserved seating, and $36 for general admission on the lawn (Livenation.com).
– Jeff Miers