Harvard-Westlake High School

Review: Maroon 5 perform at The Forum

Given our 30-year age difference, my mom’s and my music taste have very little overlap. Whenever we are battling over the radio on a long car ride, we often end up listening to Maroon 5, since they are basically the only exception to our different music tastes. Because of our shared love of the band, whenever they have a concert in Los Angeles, we go.

Maroon 5 was formed in 1994 in Los Angeles and has six members,  Adam Levine, James Valentine, Mickey Madden, Jesse Carmichael, PJ Morton and Matt Flynn.

I have seen Maroon 5 in concert three times and leave the show every time amazed by lead vocalist Adam Levine’s incredible performance. Levine is a true entertainer, who sings, dances, and plays the guitar effortlessly while performing for thousands.

The most recent show I attended was on April 3 at The Forum in Inglewood. It was part of the Maroon 5 World Tour 2015 for their 2014 album titled “V.”

Because of Good Friday and Passover, the show wasn’t as packed as I had anticipated and there were many open seats. This didn’t stop the band from putting on a great show.

The stage was connected to a very large catwalk that went across the entire floor of The Forum. At the end there was a large “V,” for the name of the album. Together it looked like a large arrow. Levine walked up and down the catwalk throughout the show, giving everyone in attendance the chance to be close and feel like they had first row seats.

The band played songs from both their new album, as well as hits from older albums.

The audience enjoyed 17 songs including “Animals,” “One More night,” “Lucky Strike,” “Love Somebody,” “Maps,” “Sunday Morning,” “She Will Be Loved,” and “Sugar.”

After performing their final song, “Sugar,” large red balloons rained from the ceiling covering The Forum while fans jumped and danced.

Maroon 5 puts on amazing shows and I would highly recommend seeing them if you have the opportunity. Regardless of the day or venue, the atmosphere is always loud, with every fan singing every lyric they know. I have never met anyone who didn’t enjoy one of their shows, and their fan base is diverse. In attendance were many teenagers, adult couples, groups of female adults, and families. Everyone was on their feet having a great time, and my mom and I were no exception.