Adam Levine’s song for Manila

Photos by Nickie Wang

“I personally like this place,” Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine told the crowd that packed the Mall of Asia Arena, “And one of the reasons why I love this place, I feel that the culture here loves singing, loves music. Now here’s a song for you, Manila.”

Then the band played its 2013 hit “Love Somebody,” which Levine co-wrote as part of the band’s 2012 album, Overexposed.

Maroon 5 in concert at the Mall of Asia Arena

The song that lyrically explores “salvation on the dance floor” was especially dedicated to the people Levine considers as “the best fans.” This number, albeit not the band’s most recognizable song, drew defeaning cheers and shrieks from the audience.

The members of the American pop rock band met their “best fans” once again and treated them to an 80-minute, 17-song-performance when they staged the Manila leg of Maroon 5 V Tour on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine

The band led by the very charismatic Levine kicked off the show with “Animals,” and “One More Night” followed  by their first Billboard Hot 100 entry, “Harder To Breathe.” Dressed casually in red t-shirt, blue faded jeans and white snickers with maroon and grey details, the Maroon 5 vocalist took center stage and displayed solid showmanship amid ferociously gleaming red stage lights.

Maroon 5 opens its concert with Animals

Levine also played guitar on a few songs, though usually pretty briefly, picking up the instrument halfway through the number. With mic stand in hand, the 34-year-old vocalist led the band in dishing out classic songs from the album Song About Jane like “This Love,” “She Will Be Loved,” and “Sunday Morning” to their massively popular recent catalog “Animals,” “Maps,” “Payphone” and the anthemic “Move Like Jagger.”  

Led by Levine, the band plays all their biggest hits from  This Love to Sugar

The band didn’t use any elaborate stage design, no pyrotechnics or uber large screen projectors to fulfill the audience’s visual senses. Maroon 5 only focused on its main element and its signature sound, not to mention Levine’s compelling stage presence and uncommon but popular vocals.

All Maroon 5 members doing an a capella version of Pay  Phone

Though there were no major musical surprises in the show, the fans were not disappointed as the band played its songs at frenetic pace pausing only to acknowledge thousands of concertgoers and tell them “You guys are crazy crazy.”

Maroon 5 vocalist Adam Lavine and rhythm guitarist James  Valentine

While the first part of the show showcased the band’s over-the-top energy, during the encore, the band shifted to a more relaxed mode. The quintet stood at the front of the stage together and did an a capella version of “Payphone.” They also let the crowd sing “This Love” without any musical accompaniment before they proceeded with their version of “Lost Stars” from the movie Begin Again. Levine changed his gear as the band performed their ultimate number, the synth-poppy “Sugar” where he smashed his pink guitar on the floor to punctuate their performance. 

Adam also plays the electric guitar which he smashes on the stage to signal the end of the show

And for their final bow, the quintet huddled at the center of stage and bid everyone, their “best fans” goodbye.

Adam also plays the electric guitar which he smashes on the stage to signal the end of the show

The Maroon 5 V Tour in Manila was presented by Smart Communication’s homegrown music streaming app Spinnr. Twenty lucky subscribers were able to secure VIP tickets by simply downloading the app or any of the Maroon 5 songs.

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