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Marooned In Auckland . . .

Friday 30 November 2007

This Love saw them scale the heights of the charts, but for Maroon 5 fans, the live experience has always been where it's at.

So it's more than exciting now they've announced further shows following a string of dates in Australia. Adam Levine and the boys will be heading to Auckland's Vector Arena to wow the crowds.

Maroon 5's debut album "Songs About Jane" was a resounding success both here and across the Tasman, topping the charts and selling five times platinum sales. This success brought them to the live circuit - and following that, their live shows ensured they had a place in our hearts. 

Drawing inspiration from Prince and Michael Jackson, their follow up album "It Won’t Be Soon Before Long" presented a more mature and confident Maroon 5 to the world.

It debuted at #1 on the US Billboard chart the album sold over 400 000 copies in its first week in the US alone. In New Zealand, the album has followed a similar path to their first. Already receiving Gold certification in New Zealand, Maroon 5 have proven beyond doubt they are still one of the most in-demands bands today.

The Los Angeles Times declared the album “an icy-hot blend of electro-funk and blue-eyed soul that works its cruel streak with the confidence of Daniel Craig’s James Bond.” Entertainment Weekly were smitten, writing “Levine and crew understand the importance of packing as much thrill as possible into each tryst.” Rolling Stone proclaimed “The only surprising thing about It Won’t Be Soon Before Long is its complete avoidance of sophomore slump.” Billboard raved “The slick, hyperproduced It Won’t Be Soon Before Long is a set of 12 potential hits, all mashes of groove and guitar firepower.”

The live domain is another area Maroon 5 are masters of, never failing to impress. The It Won’t Be Soon Before Long World Tour has already played its way across the United States and part of Europe, the band leaving behind a trail of critical acclaim. Of the band’s first ever headlining show at Madison Square Garden, the New York Post couldn’t deny the band’s charisma “…Maroon 5 was visibly proud and excited about the show. This mood carried over to the fans who were thrilled to be there with them. The audience rarely sat: even during Levine’s power ballads, they screamed their approval of the songs…”

That critical success saw them hand picked to support The Police in Miami and that seal of approval from Sting didn't disappoint as Maroon 5 wowed punters in the stadium setting.

Support comes from OneRepublic who are on the brink of worldwide dominance. Consistently one of My Space's highest ranked bands, the release of single ‘Apologize’ has catapulted OneRepublic to the world stage. ‘Apologize’ has broken record after record, becoming the most played song on radio in the United States in Top 40 history. The single was remixed by super-producer Timbaland and is featured on his album Shock Value (Universal Music), which peaked at #4 on the ARIA album chart.

To date, Maroon 5 have sold out every show they have ever played in Australia and New Zealand. With a stellar set of support acts in tow, this tour will follow suit.

Tickets for the Vector Arena date go on sale 9.00am Friday 7 December.