While it’s not exactly the world’s most famous arena, there’s something special about being the final band to take the stage before the lights shut off forever. Adam Levine led Maroon 5 could be that band this weekend when they help close the doors on the Izod Center for at least the next two years.
According to NJ, Maroon 5 joined by special guest stars MAGIC! and Rozzi Crane, will be the last scheduled concert performance held at the Izod Center, the venue that New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority voted to close. According to CBS New York, the Izod Center was expected to lose $8.5 million this year. The closing will also cost 1,700 workers their jobs by the end of the month.
The one time home of the New Jersey Nets and New Jersey Devils sports franchises, the Izod Center had been on steady decline the past 10 years. First, they lost the Nets, who moved to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, then they also saw the Devils relocate to the nearby Prudential Center in Newark. And while the Exposition Authority insists the close is only temporary so they can invest into bolstering the surrounding area around the arena, Maroon 5 could invariably be the final band to take the stage, should their two year plan fall through.
Adam Levine and company meanwhile, will enter the Izod Center on a hot streak. Their latest album V sold over 164,000 copies in its first week and yielded quite a number of popular albeit controversial hit songs in “Animals” and “Sugar.” And as reported by Inquistr, Maroon 5 is scoring high marks for it’s V Tour despite the controversies surrounding their songs.
The Michigan Daily was extremely impressed with Maroon 5’s high energy performance when they passed through their town last week, calling front man Adam Levine “hot, animalistic, [and] carnal” in his stage presence. The Tampa Bay Times also showered Levine with praise calling Maroon 5 “the job he does best.”
Maroon 5 also helped make a young boy with down syndrome’s dream come true recently. As reported by Inqusitr, Hot 99.5’s the Kane Show, a Maryland radio station, set up a meeting between Adam and 10-year-old Maroon 5 super fan Christopher Warner after seeing a video of Warner singing and dancing to Maroon 5’s music on YouTube. They even got the boy and his mother backstage passes to meet Adam Levine and Maroon 5. The touching moment was capped by Adam Levine speaking to the boy, who was overwhelmed by the amazing experience.
[Adam Levine, Maroon 5 photo credit: David Becker Getty Images]