There’s no doubt that Maroon 5, fronted by The Voice‘s Adam Levine, may just be the biggest band in the world right now. Need further proof? Tickets for the band’s upcoming gig at the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall in Tawain sold out in less than twelve minutes.
According to the China Post, “tickets the Maroon 5 Concert went on sale at 5 p.m. and all 15,000 were snatched up within 12 minutes. They were priced from NT$1,800 (US$57.94) to NT$4,800.” Their appearance marks the third ever Tawain appearance for the band and demand is obviously higher than its ever been.
Maroon 5 is best known for it’s chart topping hits “She Will Be Loved,” “This Love” and “Moves Like Jagger.” But more recently the band’s fifth album V has landed two more smash successes in “Animals” and “Sugar.” Both videos relied on the respective music videos to help catapult the album’s success, with the latter an homage to the movie Wedding Crashers.
“David Dobkin, who is an awesome director and a really dear, dear friend, decided to revisit the concept of obviously the original Wedding Crashers,” Levine told Access Hollywood before the video’s debut. “The only difference being we actually crashed weddings this time.”
And while not all the appearances by Maroon 5 were legitimate crashes, the buzz generated around the video helped push “Sugar” and in turn V to unparalleled heights of popularity. Their tour kicked off in February in the U.S. and heads overseas next month.
Thus far, critics have lauded Maroon 5 with generally positive reviews, focusing mainly on Adam’s power packed performance as front man. In a recent gig in Phoenix, one reviewer focused on Maroon 5’s choice to focus on some deeper cuts that mainstream fans may not be as familiar with.
“Maroon 5 has a large number of hit singles to play, but the occasional deeper cut was a nice change. The band seemed to have a bit more fun with lesser known songs like ‘Lucky Strike’ and ‘It Was Always You,'” the reviewer wrote. “If you’re a fan of Maroon 5, you got exactly what you wanted.”
And one fan recently got a bit more. As reported by Inquistr, a screaming fan rushed the stage and ambushed Levine during a recent set at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Levine was at first startled by her attempt to get close to him, but once he realized she wasn’t a threat, Adam put his arm around her until security could arrive.
[Maroon 5 photo credit: Andrew Burton / Getty Images]