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Maroon5 Presides Over Ladies Night At DTE

of the Oakland Press

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INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP -- It's a good thing the Mayhem Festival is rolling into the DTE Music Theatre on Friday (Aug. 6). Eleven hours of manly heavy metal should be just about enough to counterbalance the off-the-scale estrogen assault of Thursday night's (Aug. 5) Maroon5 show at the amphitheater.

That's not a band thing; with its smoothly crafted melodies about loves lost, found and otherwise, Maroon5 has turned romantic pangs into a pair of multi-platinum albums and a slew of pop radio hits. So it was no surprise that Thursday's near-capacity crowd at DTE was overwhelmingly tilted towards women of all ages, though teens and twentysomethings appeared to lead that mix while fathers and dates seemed more dutiful than delighted.

And, to his credit, that dynamic was not lost on Maroon5 frontman Adam Levine -- who prompted screams when he stripped down to his sleeveless undershirt early in the shows. "I see some dudes with questionable looks on their faces -- 'I'm not singing that...'," Levine said while leading the crowd in a singlalong during "She Will Be Loved." "It's OK. Just stand there and drink your beer..."

But Levine and his five bandmates more than delivered for the majority that was there to see them. The swiftly moving 15-song, 90-minute show was packed with hits as the live presentation put a little extra rock-style crunch into favorites such as "Wake Up Call," "This Love," "The Sun" and "Harder to Breathe." A mirrored ball above the stage accented the disco flavor of "Makes Me Wonder," while Maroon5 also covered Alicia Keys' "If I Ain't Got You" and slid a bit of Tina Turner's "What's Love Got to Do With It" into "Secret."

The group also used the show to preview songs from its forthcoming third album, "Hands All Over," due out Sept. 21. It didn't waste any time, either, opening the show with the new single, "Misery," and also unveiling another disco tune, "Give a Little Bit More," and the more anthemtic "Stutter." All three received warm receptions, which means the crowd will be back to scream again the next time Maroon5 rolls through town.

Warming up on Thursday was British singer VV Brown, an energetic livewire who, thanks to Owl City's cancellation due to illness, was able to extend her set to a generous 45 minutes and show she had more to offer than just her single "Shark in the Water." Poured into a skintight black body suit, Brown even dipped beyond her debut album, "Travelling Like the Light," to cover Drake's "Best I Ever Had" and Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" and even pull out an unreleased song, "Sleeping With the Enemy," that is under consideration for her next single.

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